Michigan coach Mel Pearson believes the Wolverines must improve defensively against Wisconsin this weekend.

The No. 17 Michigan hockey team (2-1-1 Big Ten, 6-3-1 overall) travels to Madison to face off against No. 9 Wisconsin (2-2, 7-5-1) in the Wolverines’ second top-10 matchup in two weeks.

Junior forward Cooper Marody has notched 15 points in the last six games.

Three weeks ago, Michigan hockey coach Mel Pearson called Cooper Marody into his office for a conversation about his practice habits. Since then, the junior forward's production has soared.

Michigan coach Mel Person emphasized that Michigan needs to break from the mentality that scoring goals is the most important aspect of games.

Mel Pearson emphasized that playing behind with three- or four-goal deficits will not be a sustainable practice moving forward.

 Fifth-year senior Alex Roos was responsible for an odd game-winning goal Friday, as Will Lockwood's shot deflected off his helmet into the net.

This weekend, all eyes turned anxiously to Ann Arbor to watch the Wolverines take on conference royalty. And the results proved that critics may have underestimated Michigan.

The Michigan hockey team celebrated after tying the game at six, but it couldn’t pull off another overtime win.

Coming off a league-shattering victory Friday against No. 4 Minnesota, Michigan had looked to complete a sweep of the top team in the Big Ten.

Fifth-year senior forward Alex Roos had the game-winning goal bounce off his head and into the net.

Following two straight weeks with devastating, come-from-behind overtime losses, the Wolverines finally overcame the overtime hump off an unconventional goal.

Junior forward Cooper Marody has combined with his front line for 24 points over the past two weekends.

A lot could go wrong this weekend for Michigan if the Golden Gophers’ scoring machine starts to churn. But a lot could also go right if the Wolverines’ system is synchronous.

Sophomore goaltender Jack LaFontaine has split time with fellow sophomore Hayden Lavigne so far this season.

The two have each started four games, have guarded the net during an overtime performance and have taken on leadership as the sixth man despite still being underclassmen.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson emphasized that the Wolverines need to capitalize on third period chances to continue their success.

Through eight games, 13 of Michigan’s 28 goals have come in the third period. But the squandered late scoring opportunities have slowly started to equal those capped off by goal flurries.

Sophomore defenseman Luke Martin emphasized the importance of chemistry at the back.

While the Wolverines may lack for experience or veteran presence in many areas, defense is not one of them.