Ice Hockey

Senior forward Dexter Dancs has been a quiet catalyst in Michigan's first line this season.

The Wolverines’ top line has owed its success heavily to the contributions of Dancs, whose size, strength and hard-nosed play in physical situations provides space for Michigan’s other playmakers.

Senior defenseman Sam Piazza said the Wolverines got too comfortable after Thursday's win, leading to a loss Friday.

This time, the Michigan defensive front wasn’t the problem – as it has been in recent weeks – but rather, the transitionary game was.

Senior forward Dexter Dancs and the rest of Michigan’s offense disappeared in a 5-0 shutout loss.

Michigan (3-5-2-1 Big Ten, 7-7-2 overall) ultimately suffered a sizable 5-0 loss to conference bottom-dweller Michigan State (2-7-1-1, 8-9-1), forcing the Wolverines to head home with a series split.

Tony Calderone's first career hat trick pushed Michigan past the Spartans on Thursday night.

Behind a perfect performance from Hayden Lavigne in net and Tony Calderone's hat trick, the Wolverines recorded a convincing 4-0 victory.

Sophomore defenseman Griffin Luce was blunt in saying the Wolverines won't allow the Spartans to control the puck this weekend.

The Wolverines have one more chance this calendar year to reverse a recent skid, and it will come this weekend against Michigan State.

Freshman forward Josh Norris has still drawn praise from Mel Pearson, despite a drop in points production.

Since the Wolverines win over Vermont, Norris has recorded just three points and one lone goal — a tap-in finish with a man advantage during garbage time against Ohio State.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson admitted Saturday that he paid attention to the players who will join him next year.

Despite the unfortunate outcome for the youngsters, two USNTDP players — defensemen Bode Wilde and Mattias Samuelsson — got their first taste of the program they will play for next season.

Senior forward Dexter Dancs put the Wolverines up by four, but they would soon come unraveled.

Masked behind the Wolverines’ statistical rout of the USNTDP was the fact that a shift in momentum would soon make the game a lot closer than could have been anticipated from Michigan’s flying start.

Senior forward Tony Calderone scored two early goals to give Michigan a lead it would never lose Saturday.

Calderone, junior center Cooper Marody and senior left wing Dexter Dancs – who have combined for 47 points thus far this season – continued to dominate the stat sheet.

Freshman forward Josh Norris spent last season with the USNTDP, recording a team-high 51 points in 52 games.

While preparing for Saturday’s exhibition game against the U.S. National Team Development Program, three Michigan hockey players eagerly await a package with championship rings.