Hockey

Senior defenseman Nick Boka is a returning leader for Michigan's defense.

Through one game against Vermont and two exhibition games, this season’s initial impressions are much of the same — Michigan has given up at least four goals in each game, and has allowed scores on five of 10 opposing power plays.

Michigan in a game against U.S.-NTDP at Yost Ice Arena Friday night. Michigan lost 6-3.

Michigan fell into a 2-0 deficit against the USNTDP and couldn't climb out, losing, 6-3

Sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes will play against his younger brother Jack in an exhibition with the U.S. NTDP on Friday.

The two brothers — Quinn, a sophomore defenseman on the Michigan hockey team and Jack, a forward for the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP) U-18 team — have played together for nearly their entire lives. But Friday will be the first time the two take the ice to play against each other.

Junior forward Nick Pastujov has scored a goal in both of Michigan's games so far this season.

Six minutes into the No. 4 Michigan hockey team’s exhibition match against Waterloo, Nick Pastujov found daylight.

Mel Pearson and the Wolverines gave up nine goals this weekend.

You have a sloppy blue line that didn’t put enough effort — didn’t make those hustle plays. And you have a high-intensity, defensive match with a few bad bounces.

Sophomore forward Jack Becker scored a goal in Michigan's 7-4 win over Waterloo on Sunday.

The Michigan hockey team (0-1) took the ice at Yost Ice Arena for the second time in as many days. After losing to Vermont, 5-2, in their season opener, the Wolverines looked to rebound in an exhibition match against Waterloo.

Michigan in a game against Vermont at Yost Ice Arena Saturday night. Michigan lost 5-2.

As senior right wing Will Lockwood glided around the right circle at the 3:30 mark of the second period, there was a moment, albeit a brief one, where there was nothing but clear ice between he and his second goal of the game.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson and the Wolverines begin the 2018-19 season on Saturday against Vermont.

Luke Morgan, a redshirt sophomore forward on the Michigan hockey team, grew up going to Yost Ice Arena and watching the Wolverines play. A native of Brighton, Michigan — just 25 minutes north of Ann Arbor — Morgan dreamed of playing at Michigan as a kid.

Sophomore forward Josh Norris is helping get the incoming freshmen acclimated to college hockey.

Michigan's 10 incoming freshmen are adjusting to life as a college hockey player.

Junior defenseman Nicholas Boka has increased his productivity while improving his attitude, leading to more trust from Michigan coach Mel Pearson.

Boka's game has strengthened in proportion to his disposition, resulting in increased trust from Pearson.