Ice Hockey

Freshman forward Nolan Moyle has scored five goals in his last four games.

The myriad of drills coach Mel Pearson puts the Wolverines through every day in practice largely focus on getting to the top of the crease. With four of his seven goals on the season coming from that area, Moyle is clearly figuring out that the system works.

Junior forward Will Lockwood committed a costly penalty in double overtime against Ohio State, and was forced to watch Michigan's loss from the tunnel.

Instead of being on the ice, Lockwood stood. And he watched. And he waited for the result of his absence to unravel. Two minutes later, with a Jobst goal, it did.

Michigan had trouble capitalizing on its power plays after its first goal in Saturday's game with Ohio State.

Playing smart — as Michigan coach Mel Pearson noted Saturday night and after Tuesday’s penalty-ridden loss to Notre Dame — is something, even this late in the year that the Wolverines need to do more consistently. In Friday's win, Michigan committed just four penalties and killed every single one — allowing a total of five shots in that span.

And just one second after its own power play ended, up 3-2 on Ohio State, freshman defenseman Jack Summers took advantage with a game-sealing slapshot.

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A mental lapse by everyone on the ice for Michigan resulted in the breakaway for Jobst when he exited the penalty box. He capitalized on the opportunity finishing past Mann on the breakaway to give the Buckeyes (19-8-5 overall, 12-6-4-3 Big Ten) a 4-3 victory.

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Nolan Moyle hesitated before taking his seat in the press conference. Sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes had taken the seat on the far left, and it was clear that Moyle preferred to sit on the right rather than in the middle.

Ohio State defenseman Grant Gabriele will return to Ann Arbor this weekend with No. 6 Ohio State.

“The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry in hockey has been pretty intense,” Gabriele said. “So when we see that on the schedule, it always gets people going. It’s just kind of a big game people look for and a fun one. Just a lot of intensity and the tension between the two teams are pretty crazy.”

Nick Pastujov has put forth career-high numbers in goals and points this season – notching 10 and 20, respectively.

Pastujov has quietly put together his most complete season to date. So quietly that Michigan coach Mel Pearson was unaware of his current goal-scoring drought – one that dates back to the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational Tournament.

Senior defenseman Joseph Cecconi honed his competitive drive from his mother.

Even before his first organized hockey experience, Cecconi gravitated toward the game. He always picked the hockey stick over the basketball as a child and could always be found on skates in the winter and rollerblades in the summer — when he wasn’t playing soccer.

Freshman forward Jimmy Lambert has been honing his offensive and defensive skills as the season has progressed.

Pearson has implored Lambert to take things more seriously, through preparation for games or practices. There are many different routines or styles of hockey — different ways to play, practice or prepare. As Pearson puts it, Lambert’s yet to find his own.

But he has started to put things together.

The Michigan hockey team's odds for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament are slim.

As the Michigan hockey team inches closer to postseason play, one thing is abundantly clear — the only way that it makes the NCAA Tournament is with an automatic bid.