Ice Hockey

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One minute and 44 seconds later, forward Dylan Malmquist fired a shot from the right circle that went over junior goaltender Hayden Lavigne’s shoulder. After taking a penalty so early in the game, the Wolverines (12-12-6, 8-8-4-2) found themselves in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.

The Fighting Irish added two goals in under a minute in the second period to put the game firmly out of reach for Michigan, who lost, 5-2.

Sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes tallied three assists in two games against Michigan State last weekend.

His effort level has visibly been higher, and he’s made impressive plays in all four games since. This time, his plays have made Michigan’s highlight reel — not the other team’s.

Hughes is refocusing on the little things that make him successful, and it’s been effective thus far.

The team made crucial changes in order to get its first series sweep in the Big Ten.

After that series, Michigan has failed to sweep a series until last weekend against Michigan State, when the Wolverines completed their first Big Ten weekend series — exorcising demons built throughout a string of ties and losses. Their record for Saturday games up until that point? Two wins, six losses and two ties that ended in losses.

Junior forward Will Lockwood is healthy down the stretch for the first time in his career.

Two injuries to the same shoulder in two different seasons cut both of those campaigns short.

Now, Lockwood is doing everything he can to lead Michigan back to where it was last year. This time, he’s not watching it happen from the stands.

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He sprinted up the right wing with no one to beat but goaltender Drew DeRidder. As he curled in toward the slot, the freshman went forehand, backhand and fired into the top of the net to push the lead to 3-0.

The goal from Moyle would prove to be the difference maker for the Michigan hockey team who went on to win 5-2.

The Wolverines beat the Michigan State Spartans with a final score of 5-3.

But unlike the last three matchups against the Spartans, the sophomore’s easy flick past Spartans goaltender Drew DeRidder — his third of the season against Michigan State — all but assured that the third time would, in fact, be the charm for the Michigan hockey team in a 5-3 win.

Senior defenseman Nick Boka originally committed to Michigan State before committing to Michigan.

From the time he could pick up a stick, Nick Boka wanted to be a Wolverine. And both of his grandparents were fervent Michigan hockey fans. Many years back at a Michigan game, Boka was playing mini-sticks in the halls behind the bleachers at Yost Ice Arena.

Junior forward Jake Slaker is tied for second on the Wolverines with 10 goals, tied for third with 10 assists and is third with 20 points.

As Slaker and the rest of Michigan have their sights set on making an NCAA Tournament appearance for the second consecutive season, there is likely another thing that looms in the back of the minds many Wolverine skaters: their path to the NHL.

Freshman goaltender Strauss Mann has relieved Hayden Lavigne on two straight Saturdays.

since the beginning of January, Lavigne has been the go-to man in goal, starting all but a mid-week matchup against Merrimack. Against the Warriors, Mann got the start, largely to allow Lavigne to rest as the week was bookended by three important Big Ten games.

However, in the Wolverines’ last two series, Lavigne hasn’t finished the second game of either weekend.

Brendan Warren visited New York City for the first time as a freshman.

Joseph Cecconi and Brendan Warren sat silently and thought for a moment.

Three years removed from their first trip to New York, the seniors could barely remember how the game in Madison Square Garden went during their first collegiate season.