Michigan’s Hockey Rebound Ignited by a Defenseman

Awesome post in the NY Times on Jon Merrill and the Michigan hockey season.

Via NY Times

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Could one defenseman erase three forgettable months and turn a forsaken Michigan hockey team — one admittedly lost without Jon Merrill — into a national contender by his mere presence on the ice?

Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick said it best: “The first half, I just felt like we were playing without somebody. Like, a key part wasn’t there. You lose a game, 2-1, and you’re like, ‘Well, if we had Jon, we win that game.’

“You knew how good of a player he was, you knew how important he was to our team. When he was out, it was pretty much like you lost your best player. I mean, I think we did lose our best player. It was a little bit of an incomplete feeling.”

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