De Jong has seemed destined for his position since he started skating in Canada at age 2, but it wasn’t always that simple.
If Michigan hopes to finish in the top half of the Big Ten — let alone make it back to the postseason — it will need to develop a more consistent approach when it has the puck.
After the Wolverines lost some of their top scorers last season — including Kyle Connor, Tyler Motte and JT Compher — the team is looking to replenish some of the offensive initiative it lost last year.
It will be challenging for the young and raw Wolverines to compete in a conference with four ranked teams.
Some 300 volunteers from nearby Father Gabriel Richard High School take up the difficult task of cleaning up Michigan Stadium every week.
The Wolverines have been outshot in every game this season, yet they have only lost one.
Ohio State’s Ben Fitzpatrick finished in double-overtime for the only goal of the game, ending Michigan’s bid to escape with a tie and one point.
That was evident Friday night, when the Michigan men’s soccer team put the competition aside to honor Fikayo Idowu, the Ohio State defender who passed away in a drowning accident in June.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight had one of his best games of the season, going 16-for-23 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.