Ice Hockey

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.


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.

Sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes lamented some of Michigan's missed opportunities in Saturday's 4-3 loss.

This weekend against Minnesota, the Michigan hockey team had 12 opportunities on the power play, including three with a two-man advantage. But in the 27 minutes the Wolverines spent with an extra man — or two — across the two games, they failed to convert a single time.

Junior forward Jake Slaker notched three assists in Michigan's 4-3 loss at Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS — Mel Pearson preached discipline throughout the week. After Friday’s game against Minnesota, the Michigan coach preached it even more.