Ice Hockey

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.

Junior forward Will Lockwood scored the Wolverines' first goal in a 4-2 win over Minnesota.

But three minutes later, junior forward Will Lockwood found twine on his third attempt in under 10 seconds, sliding the puck past goaltender Mat Robson.

And from there, Michigan took the lead and held on, winning, 4-2.

The Michigan hockey team needs more than a sweep against Minnesota this weekend.

If Michigan hopes to make an NCAA Tournament appearance, it will need to begin coming out of weekends with more than three points.

The Wolverines can start by sweeping the Gophers, who are in third place –– three points ahead of Michigan –– in the Big Ten standings. By picking up their first sweep, the Wolverines will leave the company of Penn State as the only Big Ten teams without one.

Freshman Nick Blankenburg moved to forward after playing as a defenseman earlier in the year.

Two years ago, Nick Blankenburg was a forward. Two weeks ago, the freshman was a defensive force on the blue line against Ohio State.
But two days from now, the freshman will more than just go back to his roots — during practice on Tuesday, Blankenburg skated with Michigan’s top line for the first time since converting back to being a forward.