Ice Hockey

Senior defenseman Nolan De Jong is tasked with leading a young core of Wolverines

Through seven games, the Wolverines stand with a .500 record and many questions.

Hayden Lavigne earned the nod in net Friday against Vermont, but the Wolverines lost, 3-0.

The Wolverines’ goaltenders notched 71 saves on 77 shots, but still fell 3-0 to Vermont and 3-2 to Dartmouth.

Michigan finalized the weekend by tacking on two losses for a 3-3-1 overall season record.

Michigan hits the road again for a two-game trip to Vermont and Dartmouth this weekend.

As Michigan prepared for a road series against Vermont and Dartmouth this upcoming weekend, it returned to the methods that had been successful in the past.

Griffin Luce's pedigree makes him a good bet to adjust well in his freshman season at Michigan.

Luce's grandfather played with Red Berenson in the NHL, and now the freshman defenseman is playing for Berenson at Michigan.

The Michigan hockey team has shown an ability to win close games early this season.

As the 11th-ranked Wolverines head to the East Coast this weekend, they are hoping to avoid having the need for another lucky goal.

Michigan won its first Big Ten Tournament title last year, but the Wolverines have a long road back to repeat.

It will be challenging for the young and raw Wolverines to compete in a conference with four ranked teams.

Zach Nagelvoort is competing with Jack LaFontaine and Hayden Lavigne to win the starting job as a senior.

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.

De Jong has waited his turn, and now he is a co-captain as a senior for Michigan.

De Jong has seemed destined for his position since he started skating in Canada at age 2, but it wasn’t always that simple.

Alex Kile and Michigan have strung together some clutch goals in their five games this season, but the Wolverines still need to improve their puck movement.

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.