Ice Hockey

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COLUMBUS — Early in the final frame, freshman forward Johnny Beecher crashed into the opposing goaltender while hunting for a rebound. 

Freshman defenseman Cam York missed three games this month with an ankle injury.

A week and a day earlier, against Clarkson, the freshman defenseman played 27 minutes in his Michigan debut. But he suffered an ankle injury in that game, and he missed the next game — and the two that followed. So, on Oct. 19, York’s face said it all as he sat with the rest of Michigan’s non-dressers. He wanted to be down with his team, and the disappointment was evident.

The Michigan hockey team lacked mental preparation in the second game against Western Michigan last weekend.

After losing the first road game of the season against then-No. 18 Western Michigan, the Michigan hockey team was quiet on the ride back from Kalamazoo on Saturday night.

Sophomore defenseman Nick Blankenburg will be dressing up as White Goodman for Halloween this week.

The Daily hockey beat used to run a video series during the 2011-12 season called “Quick Hits.” 

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Instead of attacking the opposing net, Michigan players were blocking shots and taking hits, fending off attacks with their bodies. Instead of dominating the ice as they had done all night long, they had become mere spectators, watching along as the other team had its way with things. And so Pearson called timeout.

Senior defenseman Luke Martin believes Michigan hockey’s slow start against Western Michigan on Saturday ultimately lost them the game.

KALAMAZOO — With under two minutes to go and the Michigan hockey team (3-2-1) trailing by two goals against No. 18 Western Michigan (2-3-1), sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann skated to his team’s bench to give the Wolverines an extra man on the attack.

Senior forward Will Lockwood and the Michigan hockey team fell short against Western Michigan on Saturday, losing, 4-1.

KALAMAZOO All it took was five minutes for Western Michigan to dictate a game.

Five minutes to set the pace. Five to dominate the ice. Five minutes to create a lead the Michigan hockey team would spend the remaining 55 trying to overcome, ultimately to no avail.

Strauss Mann earned his second shutout in three games on Friday.

When the referee blew his whistle with 12 seconds remaining in the game, the Michigan net resembled the scene of a battlefield. 

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Typically, after practice ends on Thursday afternoon, the Michigan hockey team doesn’t come back to Yost Ice Arena until about two hours before puck drop on Friday.

Senior forward Will Lockwood is excited to play against old rival Western Michigan this weekend.

The Michigan hockey team (2-1-1) typically plans its schedule three years in advance. So upon Pearson’s arrival, many of this season’s series — such as the recent two against Clarkson and Lake Superior State — were already set in stone.
Still, Pearson had a say in how to fill the leftover non-conference schedule. With that opportunity, he supported talk of playing Western Michigan, and as a result the Wolverines will face the No. 18 Broncos (1-2-1) this weekend in a home-and-home series.