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Michigan Hockey

Llewellyn's resurgence stems from physical play

BY CHRIS MESZAROS

The next time the No. 7 Michigan hockey team gets a little rough with the other team, sophomore Tristin Llewellyn will probably be taking the lead.
The sophomore defenseman's physicality has led to a resurgence in his play that isn't shown on the stat sheet.

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Hot start relaxes Miller

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

For senior forward Tim Miller, rebound goals this season have been a major rebound from last year.
The left winger didn't find the back of the net until the 34th game of last season, but he didn’t waste any time this fall, notching the game-winner in the season opener. He remained hot last weekend against Ohio State, scoring two gritty goals off rebounds.

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New top line shines in weekend sweep of Ohio State

BY GJON JUNCAJ

The first 32 minutes of play in Saturday night’s 6-1 victory over Ohio State revealed what might be the most important key to success this season for the No. 8 Michigan hockey team as the Wolverines try to replace last year’s entire top line: scoring depth.

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Hagelin's flexibility key in Michigan's 6-1 win

BY MICHAEL EISENSTEIN

Carl Hagelin wasn’t one of the nine different Wolverines to tally a point in the Michigan hockey team’s 6-1 victory over Ohio State on Saturday.

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Online Update: Second Period Flourish Key In Michigan's Blowout Victory

BY GJON JUNCAJ

It took one three minute stretch in the second period for the Michigan hockey team to end Ohio State goalie Cal Heeter's night and seal the Wolverines' second sweep of the season.
Michigan cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Buckeyes, dominating right from the opening whistle, but the offensive fireworks midway through the second frame broke the game open Saturday night.

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Miller scores late goal to give Wolverines 4-3 win.

BY CHRIS MESZAROS

An early lead. A comeback by the opponent. A final, heroic third-period goal.
It’s becoming a theme for the Michigan hockey team.
And it happened again last night.
Senior Tim Miller broke a 3-3 tie with 6:22 remaining in the third period, scoring a tip in goal off a long pass from the point by sophomore Aaron Palushaj.

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Hockey's Ohio State rivalry has built up over the years

SAID ALSALAH/Daily

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

There's one word that automatically raises the stakes at any Ohio State sporting event: Michigan.
“There’s no question they love to beat Michigan,” Wolverine hockey assistant coach Mel Pearson said. “And I don’t think we can beat them enough.”
Everyone knows about Bo and Woody and the 10-year war. But on the ice recently, another intense rivalry has emerged.

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Looking past special-teams mistakes against BU, Michigan still has looming issue

BY MICHAEL EISENSTEIN

For a few minutes, let’s ignore the Michigan hockey team’s technical problems in its crushing 7-2 loss to Boston University.
The power-play unit couldn't convert in 64 seconds with a 5-on-3 advantage, the penalty-kill team allowed goals more often than not and the defense collapsed to allow 18-of-32 shots from just feet outside of the goalie crease.

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Vaughan's role critical in light of injuries

Said Alsalah / Daily

BY GJON JUNCAJ

So far in this young Michigan hockey season, Scooter Vaughn's statistics don't jump off the page.
The sophomore defenseman has tallied just one point, an assist, through six games. His plus/minus rating is an unremarkable minus-3. But those statistics aren’t always the best indicators of a blue liner’s impact on the ice.

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Coaching emphasis moves from power play to penalty kill

BY CHRIS MESZAROS

Call it shock therapy. After then-No. 6 Boston University gouged then-No. 5 Michigan for five power-play goals Saturday, the coaching staff has pulled out the defibrillator to revive the Wolverine penalty kill. A week after focusing on a power-play unit that went just 1-31 in its first four games, the Wolverines started this week working on killing off shorthanded situations.

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