When the second period came to an end, and Michigan’s hockey team increased by one, first defender Luke Hughes took the puck away from senior defender Jack Summers. Sliding up to the left of his defender’s zone, Hughes swung toward the center and collided with an Ohio defender.
What Hughes did then, released all the jaws inside the Yost Ice Arena.
Pretending to be his left shoulder, he made his defender swing in the opposite direction. Now he only had to beat the goalkeeper – and he did it with style.
Picking up the puck from left to right, Hughes was one step ahead, and goalkeeper Jacob Dobes was unable to respond in a timely manner. Scoring a puck from behind on an empty gap, he scored his team’s second goal and his sixteenth this season.
“He just has so much speed and control in his lands,” second-year forward Philip Lapuent said, praising Hughes. “He makes it so easy. It was effortless. He undressed the goalkeeper, and it was a spectacular goal. “
The parties did not expect a goal, and when they responded, Hughes was already celebrating with his teammates. But obviously this isn’t the first time Hughes ’teammates have seen him go from end to end and finish like he did tonight.
“We see it going to be a little bigger,” Lapuent said. “Ohio State was surprised by this. They were caught on the flat feet. He does it all the time in practice, and he tries to steer as much as he can. ”
Hughes ’confidence and creativity were seen in all aspects of the play. When Hughes passed his defender, he was attacked by two other skaters from Ohio. Hughes knew what he wanted to do, and they couldn’t catch him.
Hughes had high expectations as he entered his first season at Ann Arbor. He not only did his job in defense, but also combined his 16 goals with 16 assists. Hughes probably won’t play nearly as many games as the seniors on the list, but his influence on that team will continue.
“He’s changing the game,” Michigan coach Mel Pearson said. “He has grown so much. He has tremendous speed, creativity and the means to make such a play. His confidence is through the roof. ”
Hughes ’bloodline in Michigan dates back to his older brother Quinn Hughes, 7th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. He has been coming to the game since his brother started playing for Wolverine in 2017. These two are different but the same. Hughes shares his brother’s confidence. It all starts with his skating and the ability to read plays before they happen. He proved to be a deadly finisher, earning three times more goals than his brother when he was a freshman.
But it is clear that the excitement does not embarrass him, and when asked about his head goal, he humbly replied.
“I caught the pass and picked up speed,” Hughes said. “I made an incision and the defender was flat-footed … I made a good fake and he hit the back net.”
And when he was asked whether he would boast of this before the brethren, by such conduct he returned it to them and their waves.
“They must have seen it, and we’ll write a little,” Hughes said. “But I don’t know, they were pretty cool, too.”