Pearson knows the task of replacing a legend presents a challenge unlike any he has ever faced. He knows he isn’t the next Red Berenson, and he’s not trying to be.
What matters to Pearson, though, is that he’s at home.
Following a split in their first regular season contests — a 3-1 win Friday against St. Lawrence and 3-0 loss Saturday at Clarkson — the Wolverines are looking to take full advantage of fall break and a bye week to prepare for their first home series next weekend against Vermont.
Throughout the exhibition against Western Ontario, the defense simultaneously protected the Michigan net while forcing a plethora of scoring opportunities for the offense, giving the whole squad a weapon behind the blue line.
Nine different Michigan players found the net against Western Ontario, making a statement that the new fast-paced, eclectic and gritty Wolverines are already taking steps to reverse last year’s storyline.
Despite all the talented young players, the grizzled veterans who have been through the ups and downs of the last few seasons and the new head coach with a seemingly magic touch, Michigan still has to perform on the ice.