Ice Hockey

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Michigan launched out to a quick lead in the first period, despite an early goal from Michigan State, and held onto it in the second period on the way to a 4-1 victory over the in-state rivals.

Former Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson retired in 2017 after 33 years at the helm.

For years when Berenson coached, he preached the idea of a life after hockey. The last players with ties to his reign leaving won’t end the connection Berenson feels with the program. Pearson, Muckalt, volunteer assistant Matt Hunwick and player development coach Steve Shields all played or coached under him. When Pearson brings recruits in now, he tries to make sure they meet Berenson.

Jake Slaker scored two goals in Friday's 5-1 win over Michigan State.

As the Wolverines push into the last few games of the regular season, contributions from seniors like Slaker have been key in getting Michigan back in the win column after a rough first half. Pearson has spent most of the year talking about how the Wolverines need their seniors to contribute, and Slaker’s success has clearly been crucial in Michigan’s recent run.

His two goals in Friday’s 5-1 win are just the most recent demonstration.

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Despite being swept in their mid-November series, Michigan men’s hockey comfortably handled Michigan State this Friday, beating the team 5-1.

Senior forward Jake Slaker netted two goals for the Wolverines, continuing their winning streak in which Michigan has won 22 of their last 27 conference points.

Mel Pearson and his wife, Susie at their high school Prom Dance.

They met while they were teenagers. They got engaged in college and married a year later. It was all so fast, but she was his biggest supporter and she was the apple of his eye from the outset. When he would go out of line, whether because of coaching or anything, she would keep him in check. Through thick and thin, they stayed together for 38 years.

Graduate transfer forward Jacob Hayhurst has four goals in eight games after one in 20 to start the year.

Since moving from center to wing, Michigan graduate transfer Jacob Hayhurst has turned it on in the second half of the season, finally scoring at the high rate that was expected when he joined the Wolverines.

Hockey beat writer Tien Le and sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann sharing food within their dietary restrictions.

The first thing you should know about Strauss Mann’s Paleo diet is that it isn’t exactly Paleo.

Freshman forward Eric Ciccolini had shoulder surgery Monday and will miss the remainder of the season.

Freshman forward Eric Ciccolini had shoulder surgery Monday and will miss the remainder of the season, Michigan coach Mel Pearson said Tuesday.

Pearson didn’t name the specific injury, but said Ciccolini came to Ann Arbor with it and has been playing through it all season. His shoulder has been subluxing — sliding in and out of socket, repeatedly dislocating — throughout the season, and it got to a point where continuing to play through it didn’t make sense.

Senior forward Nick Pastujov won key faceoffs in Michigan's sweep of Wisconsin this weekend.

The past two weekends — more than any others — exemplified the importance of winning faceoffs for the Michigan hockey team. The Wolverines won a couple key faceoffs, at home against No. 13 Ohio State and Wisconsin, that helped fuel wins. With freshman forward Johnny Beecher out during last Friday’s game due to a one-game suspension, the lines were changed up a bit. For the first time, the combination of senior forward Jake Slaker, freshman forward Nick Granowicz and Lambert found its way onto the ice. While hosting Wisconsin, Michigan significantly limited its penalties. Heading into the weekend, the Wolverines were averaging 8.96 penalty minutes a night. That figure wasn’t too much of an issue due to the group’s skillful penalty kill unit.

Defenseman Keaton Pehrson made contributions on offense in Michigan’s 5-3 win over Wisconsin.

Last season, two of the five top point scorers for the Michigan hockey team were defensemen. It was part of the system — defensemen creating offense — an emphasis coach Mel Pearson made sure to call out after Michigan swept Notre Dame in mid-January.