Ice Hockey

Michigan coach Mel Pearson lamented his team’s struggles to maintain a high level of play throughout games.

Playing consistently.

It’s not something that can be taught. It’s not something that’s learned overnight. And it’s not something the Michigan hockey team has managed to do through the first eight games of the season. 

Senior forward Jake Slaker sat out Michigan's three recent road losses with an undisclosed injury.

There was a heightened sense of urgency at Yost Ice Arena late Tuesday afternoon.

Michigan hockey uses NHL film as it transitions its power play.

When Bill Muckalt cues up film for his power-play units to watch, he doesn’t always turn to the film bank Michigan maintains of its own games and practices. Instead, the associate head coach pulls together clips from the highest level of the sport.   

Sophomore defenseman Jack Summers turned the puck over before Ohio State’s game-winning goal.

COLUMBUS — All Jack Summers could do was stand there and watch Ohio State celebrate.

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COLUMBUS — With a little over a minute remaining in Will Lockwood’s penalty for slashing, junior forward Dakota Raabe skated the puck into the offensive zone.

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COLUMBUS — Halfway through the second period, the Michigan hockey team netted a goal to extend its lead to two. The first period saw a power-play goal from Nick Pastujov, and the second, a quick backdoor cut from Emil Orhvall.

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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.”