In his first shift in the game Thomas Brothel received a pass from Luke Hughes and pushed the puck into the transition. He corrected his defender, drove into the Michigan area and fired a shot nearby.
In just 54 seconds of play, the Michigan № 5 hockey team was already leading by one goal.
But they did not stop there.
Wolverines kill more, and more, and more. After scoring four goals in the first period, an advantage that put the Spartans out of reach even before the second period could even begin, it was clear they were ready to dominate.
After Friday In the night game, it was very important for Michigan to start fast:
“The only important thing for us was a hot start,” said junior striker Johnny Beecher. “We thought they would be defeated after the first period if we could kill the couple.”
Despite reaching the semifinals of the Big Ten, this game had other consequences for Wolverine. It has been the first game since the return of the Olympians – second-year strikers Mattie Beniers, Brendan Brisan and Kent Johnson, and second-year defenders Owen Power. It would seem that each line brought a new intensity during the second game – something that was not in the first game.
And yet Michigan coach Mel Pearson continues to push his players:
“We’re getting there,” Pearson said. “There are a few more things we need to improve and some people that need to continue to get better and grow. We’re not quite there, and that’s fine, but we’ve taken some big steps after (the Olympians) came back. “
An 8-0 victory should provide Wolverine a stepping stone to their post-season net. Michigan was as good as advertised on Saturday night – his passes were much sharper, his skating was much harder, and his physical ability was much more common.
Six different Michigan skaters scored a few points, and sophomore goalkeeper Eric Portilla singled out two of his secondary assistants. It was a type of balanced effort that should cause fear in defending an opponent. When Wolverines play with that level of energy and confidence, there are few teams in America that can compete with them.
In the middle of the second period it was clear that Michigan was going to run away with this. But that didn’t stop them from playing for 60 minutes. The Wolverines kept their foot on the gas and guaranteed there would be no third game on Sunday night.
Michigan could kill at will and in a variety of ways. During quick breaks, he looked fast and balanced with the puck, easily bypassing Michigan defenders. When the Wolverines settled into the offensive zone, they made fights with equal force similar to a strong game with easy checking and possession of the puck. When the Spartans got a penalty, it was only a matter of time before they would allow another goal.
Even after a lightning-fast start, the Michigan players were constantly standing on the bench and staring at the boards – looking forward to the next change. Meanwhile, Raamahi’s opponents looked in their seats on the bench, as if the outcome of the game was predetermined.
There was a strong sense of urgency in Michigan to adjust. Still need to make adjustments and change the lines. At this point in the season each game increases and the stakes increase.
“After all, it’s a win or a return home from now on,” Beecher said. “We have a team in this locker room to do something really special this year.
“We know that this opportunity is not so common.”
This is the kind of pressure that can only be caused by hockey playoffs.