Hockey

Junior forward JT Compher clears the puck from RPI in Michigan's game against RPI on Saturday.

TROY, N.Y. — On Oct. 11, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute became a giant killer. Just three games into their season, the Engineers hosted then-No. 1 Boston College and sent the national powerhouse home with a 2-1 loss.

Junior center JT Compher wrestles for the puck with Union College’s Sebastien Gingra.

No. 11 Michigan left its first trip to Schenectady with a 5-5 tie.

Boo Nieves was Michigan's best forward last weekend, per Red Berenson.

Even though Michigan escaped the weekend unscathed, Berenson can’t use that logic any longer as the Wolverines travel to upstate New York for games against No. 18 Union and RPI on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Red Berenson's team slipped by with two close wins over the weekend.

The Wolverines dominated shot totals in both games, but both scores were close until the final buzzer.

Zach Nagelvoort earned the win for Michigan on Sunday.

With less than 7:30 left in the game and the No. 11 Michigan hockey team up 3-2, Zach Werenski held the puck inside the left circle, just a few feet away from the Wolverine net.

Junior forward JT Compher during Michigan's 3-2 win over Mercyhurst October 18.

16 minutes into the second period, freshman forward Kyle Connor came to the rescue, scoring the game-winning goal.

Freshman forward Cooper Moody skates past Mercyhurst in the third period in Michigan's 6-4 win.

The regular season couldn’t have started much worse for the Wolverines, but they were determined not to let Friday night end that way.

Red Berenson's team opens its season Friday night.

Friday night, when the Wolverines face off with Mercyhurst at Yost Ice Arena, every game becomes important.

Michigan will seek to replace key forwards from last season.

The 2015-16 season kicks off with a strong core of returning players, a few new and improved pieces and lingering unknowns. The Michigan Daily breaks down the Wolverines 2015-2016 roster.

Five former players returned to Red Berenson's program to work on his staff.

No matter the different paths their lives may take, all roads have led back to Berenson, in what could be his final season as Michigan’s head coach.