Michigan hockey team looking to snap winless streak in Alaska
Maybe a little team bonding over a nice, long road trip can help the Michigan hockey team shake out of its funk.
The Wolverines travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, looking to snap a six-game winless streak during a CCHA weekend series with Alaska. The 0-5-1 slump Michigan finds itself in is the program’s longest winless streak since 1998-99.
"It's good for us to get away," captain Luke Glendening said on an Inside Michigan Hockey video posted on MGoBlue.com on Thursday. "We need to just be a team and we need focus on the games without all the distractions. In Alaska, there's not too many other distractions but hockey."
The team practiced just once this week before departing for Fairbanks on Wednesday.
After opening the season 4-0 and climbing to the top of the USCHO.com poll, Michigan has gone 3-6-2 and dropped to No. 19 in the national poll and seventh in the CCHA standings.
"We have to work harder. I know that's cliche, and we've been saying that for the past three weeks, but that's what it has to be,” junior forward Chris Brown said after Michigan’s last game, a 6-3 loss to Union College on Sunday.
“We can't do anything different. It's not the systems, it's not our goalie, it's not our defense, it's not our forwards, it's not coaching, it's not nothing -- it's just the will to want to win a game. And right now, we don't have it."
This weekend’s series in Alaska (11:05 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday) would be an ideal time for the Wolverines to get back on track.
When they get back to the mainland, Michigan heads into a home-and-home series against Michigan State that is followed by the 47th annual Great Lakes Invitational.