How Michigan hockey team moved to No. 1

For the first time in a decade, Wolverines were ranked No. 1 on Monday in both college hockey polls — USCHO and USA Hockey. They achieved this by beating two top-five teams last week. They outclassed then-No. 1 Minnesota State, 3-2, on Saturday, marking the fourth consecutive time Michigan has beaten a No. 1-ranked team, after defeating Minnesota-Duluth, 5-1, on Friday. But what do we know about this team?

Wolverines, backed by online Australian casinos are coached by Mel Person who is in his fifth year at the helms. In his first season, the team went 22-15-3 overall, 11-10-3 in Big Ten play. They reached the 2018 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament but lost to Ohio State (3-2) in overtime. Nevertheless, the team qualified for the NCAA Tournament and went to the Frozen Four before losing to Notre Dame (4-3) on a last-second goal. Since then they have moved from strength to strength.

Still, early days though but Person’s side is already dreaming of their 10th national title and first since 1998. So far, so good they have shown serious signs as the only college team ever with seven first-round picks on its roster.

Wolverines began October with a 7-1 victory over bowling green, followed that up with back-to-back wins over Lake Superior. Then they scored five unanswered in a 5-1 victory over Minnesota Duluth at the Ice Breaker Tournament in Duluth. The Wolverines backed that performance with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota State to win the tournament, with odds for the game coming from jeux de casino en ligne francais.

The team’s top draft picks have been leading the way early on this season. Sophomore Brendan Brisson, a 2020 first-round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights, leads the team with eight points and is third nationally with five goals. He scored the game-winner in both games at the Ice Breaker, including a highlight-reel between-the-legs goal against Duluth. Sophomore forward Thomas Bordeleau, a San Jose Sharks second-round selection last year, has seven points, followed by sophomore defenseman Owen Power, the top overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in July, with six points and sophomore forward Kent Johnson, drafted No. 4 overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets this year, with five. Michigan ranks second nationally averaging 5.3 goals per game, while goalie Erik Portillo has only allowed eight goals on 113 shots this season.

Next weekend, U-M will return to the Wolverine State to face off against Western Michigan in a home-and-home series with the Broncos.

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