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Michigan hockey standout earns Big Ten 1st Star of the Week

Michigan sophomore Luke Hughes earned Big Ten 1st Star of the Week honors for his huge weekend against Michigan State.



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Over the weekend, the then-5th-ranked Michigan hockey team swept the then-15th-ranked Michigan State Spartans, 2-0, and officially took the season series, 3-1. After a massive weekend, a key Wolverine was awarded Big Ten’s first star of the week.

Since Michigan’s sweep, the Wolverines are up to No. 4 nationally, while the Spartans are down to No. 17 in the most recent polls.

Hughes earns Big Ten 1st star of the week

Luke Hughes, a sophomore defenseman and 4th overall pick by the New Jersey Devils, had a massive four-point weekend, which helped the Michigan hockey team overcome the No. 15 Michigan State Spartans on Friday and Saturday nights. The wins gave the Wolverines a 9-1 advantage over the past ten matchups with Michigan State and brought home a sixth-straight Dual in the D Trophy.

Additionally, the wins improved the Wolverines’ Big Ten record to 12-8-0 on the season — good enough for sole possession of 2nd place in the conference standings as we enter the final two weeks of the 2022-23 regular season.

Solid weekend builds momentum heading into final games

Hughes, one of Michigan’s young stars, had himself an incredible weekend as he led Michigan to its 7th-straight victory. Luke Hughes totaled four points over the two games — three assists and one crucial goal. On Friday night, Hughes compiled two assists during the Wolverines’ 4-2 victory in East Lansing. On Saturday night, Hughes notched an early assist before burying a game-winning overtime goal with 0.6 seconds remaining.

It was an incredible weekend for Michigan hockey, one that was much-needed after a rough start to Big Ten play earlier this season. The Wolverines will now turn their attention to the 10th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, who they will face in a two-game series this weekend before closing out the season at home against Notre Dame.

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