Hockey

The Michigan hockey team defeated Michigan State, 3-2, Friday night to claim the Iron D Trophy.

DETROIT, Mich. — Over the last two months, Hayden Lavigne has asserted himself as Michigan’s starting goaltender, and has often had to stand on his head to bail out his team.

Saturday night, it was Joseph Cecconi’s turn.

Freshman forward Jack Becker is following in the footsteps of his father by playing for coach Mel Pearson, and his hard work is paying off in production.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson believes that Becker, who has scored six goals in his last 11 games, has improved more than anyone on the team over the course of the season.

Michigan forward Dakota Raabe has gained confidence over the last three weeks, and it’s resulted in more playing time and more production.

Dakota Raabe has improved his confidence and production over the last three weeks.

Freshman forward Dakota Raabe scored an empty-net goal to seal Michigan's win over Wisconsin on Friday.

Despite having to use its special teams often, Michigan beat Wisconsin, 5-3.

Junior forward Cooper Marody has been skilled all season, but all the Wolverines have struggled on the power play.

Michigan's power play is trying to improve by simplifying how it approaches its opportunities.

Sophomore forward Will Lockwood will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery Tuesday morning.

While playing for the United States national team in a Dec. 29 game against Canada at the World Junior Championships, Lockwood took a hit from behind and fell hard on his left shoulder. He was initially ruled out for the remainder of the tournament, and was later told that surgery was necessary after being evaluated by Michigan’s medical staff.

Junior forward Cooper Marody and the Michigan hockey team had their season-long issues exposed against Ohio State.

When No. 17 Michigan traveled to Columbus to face its archrival, the problems that plagued the Wolverines throughout the season played right to the Buckeyes’ strengths.

Freshman forward Josh Norris has scored four goals in his past five games.

Michigan has put together a new second line after Will Lockwood's injury.

Sophomore goaltender Hayden Lavigne has been a human brick wall for Michigan, and the Wolverines' defense has steadily improved too.

While most of the credit for Michigan’s successes has been attributed to the first two offensive lines, series sweeps over No. 13 Minnesota and No. 12 Penn State were the product of a stalwart defensive effort.

Michigan hockey coach Mel Pearson's plan is coming to fruition as the Wolverines continue to improve.

If the last few weeks are any indication, Mel Pearon's plan is finally coming to fruition.