Weekend Double! Wolverine Men’s Hockey vs Minnesota Golden Gophers

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Michigan’s upcoming road trip to Minnesota provides a good test for Coach Berenson and the rest of the Wolverines.

Back in January, Michigan completed the two game sweep over the Golden Gophers at Yost Ice Arena by downing the Gophers 4-3 and then 7-5 the following night.

In the first edition on January 9th, the Wolverines were lead by Senior forward Zach Hyman, who tallied a goal and three assists, with a +3 rating overall. Martin Cutler scored the game winner in overtime for Michigan, with assists from Dylan Larkin and Zach Hyman to complete the comeback for the Wolverines.

Game two of the series was a goal fest from start to finish, with Michigan going up 4-1 at the end of the first period. After a shaky second period, Junior goaltender, Steve Racine was pulled from the game in favor of Edmonton Oilers prospect, Zach Nagelvoort.

After a goal from Dylan Larkin, who would later be named the games first star, it increased the Wolverine lead to 3 goals early in third period. From there it was a strong defensive effort from the Wolverines, even though they would surrender a goal in the final minutes of the game.

If the Wolverines continue to see good play from Larkin and Hyman, the Wolverines will be a favorite in this matchup. It appears that Nagelvoort will get the nod in goal as he has started the last three games ever since coming in a relief role against Wisconsin on January 23rd in a come from behind win for Michigan.

Another key area of these games will be on the power play for Michigan. In the last game they had difficulty getting anything going on the power play only generating 5 total shots over the course of three power plays. Michigan will need to find consistency on the power play against a stingy Gophers defense.

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.