Junior defenseman Ethan Edwards played his first game of the season with the No. 15 Michigan hockey team after recovering from an offseason surgery and scored two goals and an assist in a 5-1 exhibition win over the U.S. National Team Development Program. Despite initial struggles to acclimate to the game’s intensity and speed, Edwards felt he improved throughout the match and enjoyed being back on the ice. His presence, especially as an alternate captain and experienced player, was lauded as valuable for the team as they aim for a strong second half of the season.
Return of Ethan Edwards Boosts No. 15 Michigan Hockey Team
In PLYMOUTH, Michigan coach Brandon Naurato was all smiles discussing the triumphant return of junior defenseman Ethan Edwards to the No. 15 Michigan hockey team, after the latter’s dazzling performance in the game against the U.S. National Team Development Program.
Making his season debut after recovering from offseason surgery, Edwards was a standout in the 5-1 exhibition victory, contributing two goals and an assist. “Ethan Edwards is a big part of the team, and it’s huge to have him back,” Naurato beamed.
Coming back into a high-speed, intense game, Edwards used the first period to ease back in. Despite some early turnovers, his speed and endurance were commendable. Partnered with senior defenseman Jacob Truscott, Edwards spent as much time on the ice as any player.
Edwards’ first point came assisting T.J. Hughes’ power play goal, marking the scoring for Michigan in the first period. His time to shine was in the third period where he scored twice, once off a power-play opportunity and the other an unassisted score.
With only four goals last season, Edwards’ offensive display was pleasantly surprising. “A little bit of uncharted territory there, but I’m glad I could produce tonight,” said Edwards.
His return was also beneficial for the Wolverines defense. His alternate captain role and experience made his presence on the ice all the more valuable. “He’s a big key part on our back end,” acknowledged senior goaltender Noah West.
In his season opener, Edwards didn’t just participate – he dominated. Scoring two goals within five minutes, he brushed off any erstwhile rust. Now officially back, Edwards hopes to help steer the Wolverines towards a strong second half surge.
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