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Ohio University sophomore Xander Danner (25) gets ready to fight for the puck against Bowling Green University in Bird Arena, Oct.14, 2023.

DII Hockey: Ohio takes on Michigan in two-game road series

Game information:

Opponent: University of Michigan

Locations: Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dates: Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 3:30 p.m.

How to watch: The link to the stream for both games will be posted on the @ohiohockeyd2 Instagram story before the games.

Ohio (10-5-0) is coming off a significant win against Indiana. Matthew Zazon and the Bobcats’ defense put the Hoosiers’ 10-game win streak to rest. Michigan (11-6-1) is coming off a 6-5 overtime victory against Louisville. The Wolverines are capable of putting up goals in excess. Michigan has outscored opponents by 3-plus goals in five games this season, including a 16-1 victory over Central Michigan.

Players to watch (Michigan):

Asher Connolly and Cody Nielsen lead the team in goals with 15 and 14, respectively. They can find many of their looks because of assist leader Jack Glen (11). Michigan can blow out its opponents, but it is also capable of winning close games. 

Michigan has won five games by only one goal this season and has won three of its four games that went into overtime. The Wolverines’ defense is capable of making stops as well. Goalie Frank Fee leads the team in saves (220), but three other goalies have also seen significant ice time. Michigan can try to stay fresh inside the goal against the recently aggressive Ohio offense. 

Michigan stat leaders:

Points: Asher Connolly (24)

Goals: Connolly (15)

Assists: Jack Glen (11)

Saves: Frank Fee (220)


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