Michigan Hockey: Wolverines continue success in second half of season

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The Michigan Hockey program has found continued success in their 2020-21 season as the second half is underway. This success comes with some adversity as the University of Michigan athletics are currently on a two-week pause following an outbreak of COVID-19.

The issue was that the outbreak of COVID-19 was of the variant strain deemed even more dangerous to spread and possibly more deadly. That being said, Michigan hockey, along with every other sport, will be sitting out for two weeks as of Saturday, January 23rd, 2021.

As the second half of the Wolverines 2020-21 season began, they were able to get some of their players back. Three of their players were actually crowned as gold medal winners at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships where the United States team defeated the Canadian national team.

Since the second half of the season has started, the Wolverines are 5-1 with their two most recent contests with Penn State being postponed. Their next game that remains good to go on the schedule will be their February 9th contest against Michigan State University in Ann Arbor.

The Michigan Hockey program was on fire to start the 2020-21 season and they have found similar success in the second half of the season.

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The Wolverines opened up the second half against Michigan State with a two-game home and home where they would split the series.

Winning 9-0 at home, but falling 3-2 in East Lansing. After that they would go into a two-game home set against the Ohio State Buckeyes, winning both, outscoring them 9-2.

They would carry that momentum into another two-game set at Notre Dame, winning both contests and outscoring them 8-2 in the process.

Their next scheduled series was against Penn State University, taking place February 3rd and 4th, but that has since been postponed.

The next game on the schedule that is not postponed, as mentioned above, will be against the Spartans on February 9th.

But, looking at the games the Wolverines have played, they are finding success once again, outscoring opponents 28-7 during their 5-1 run so far.

After returning from World Juniors, Matty Beniers and Cam York are still near the top of the team in points. Kent Johnson and Thomas Bordeleau are currently leading the team with 18 points apiece. Johnson’s six goals and 12 helpers and Bordeleau’s five goals with 13 assists are the Wolverines best.

Michigan hockey’s freshmen are still dominating, not to mention defenseman Owen Power who NHL fans should keep an eye on. The Ontario-product has two goals and ten assists for 12 points over 16 games which is tied for fourth-most points on the team.

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Once the Wolverines get the all-clear to resume play, expect more of the same from this team. They are built for success and they will show that the rest of the way in 2020-21 if allowed too amid this pandemic.