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.
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.
Mel Pearson emphasized that playing behind with three- or four-goal deficits will not be a sustainable practice moving forward.
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.
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.
Following two straight weeks with devastating, come-from-behind overtime losses, the Wolverines finally overcame the overtime hump off an unconventional goal.
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.
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.
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.
While the Wolverines may lack for experience or veteran presence in many areas, defense is not one of them.