With his detained Olympians flowing down Returning from Beijing, the Michigan №2 hockey team decided to go with the same depth that led her to convincing victories over the past two weeks. In the end, Michigan coach Mel Pearson said they deserved the opportunity based on their game in the last three games.
And once again this group of Wolverines has coped with its task.
Led by a solid defense from the depths of Michigan (25-7-1) remained in control the entire game against Ohio No. 11 (21-11-2), winning 3-0 and spending the series over the weekend.
Raamahi’s depth came early when second-year forward Philippe Lapuent scored in the middle of the first period – his third goal in just nine games. The Lapuenta line created a lot of chances at 5-on-5, although 35-minute penalties made it a rarity in the first two periods.
On these chances in the power game there was a hole left by the missing Michigan Olympians. After “Raamahi” removed Ohio goalkeeper Yakub Dobbs from the position, several one-time players slipped through the goal. These throws kept the Parties on their feet, but they didn’t add anything to the scoreboard.
Regular participants – especially first defender Luke Hughes – helped make up for the difference. In the second period, Hughes scored an end-to-end goal that put Michigan in the driver’s seat, increasing it to 2-0.
And with that control Wolverines focused on keeping the puck as long as possible. Instead of looking for scoring games to increase the lead, they played away with the puck for long shifts and minimized Side’s time in the attack zone.
Because if Ohio didn’t have a puck, he couldn’t have killed.
And it didn’t matter who Michigan put on the ice until they blocked their side and stopped taking bad penalties. The wolverines excelled in this more and more as the game progressed.
Defenders such as Hughes and sophomore Jacob Trascot threw the puck behind the game to ensure they had accurate passes, and Michigan avoided costly mistakes that could have turned the momentum.
Wolverines still took risks, often when second-year forward Thomas Brothel came out on the ice. He nearly scored for freshman forward Dylan Duke about six minutes before the end of the game, but the puck swept past the goal.
A few minutes later, Brothel assisted in the goal of freshman forward Mark Estapa in the empty net, completing the game and a series of sweeps of Ohio. It’s a feat that Wolverines failed to accomplish two months ago with two Olympians in the lineup when they shared a series in Columbus.
Michigan’s deep-seated players performed superbly, and their teammates chased after the Olympic dreams, keeping Wolverines afloat on top of student hockey. Even before the game it was difficult to assess who will leave the team.
After another solid meeting against the parties, it became much harder to answer this question.