A look at Michigan's hockey season that ended in Frozen Four

Saturday, 07 Apr, 2018

The Wolverines (22-14-3) went up early, scoring 12:41 into the first period on an even-strength goal by Calderone. Junior forward Dylan Malmquist connected with sophomore forward Cal Burke for a goal that gave Notre Dame its first lead of the game.

Ohio State's historic season came to an end with a game in Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Montreal Canadiens fans, if you passed on last night's Frozen Four semi-finals game, you missed out. "It's not like we were defending for our life - we only gave up 13 shots after two periods". We really got the wheels going for the boys.

Oglevie answered for Notre Dame just over two minutes later with his eighth power-play goal of the season and a one-timer from Evans tied it at 6:20.

Michigan's hockey season ended in gut-wrenching fashion, as Jake Evans scored his second goal of the game at 19:54 of the third period to break a 3-all tie.

"It was insane. I remember that we were sitting close to the UMD section, the players came over to the section and somebody even had a print of the Duluth News Tribune in advance with UMD wins the championship on it". "That's a strong suit for us". When we've needed him the most, he's elevated his play to lift our team up and show them the way. The Irish are seeking their first hockey national championship. All six did, and the Bulldogs edged in-state rival Minnesota by one-ten thousandth of a percentage point in the RPI ratings to earn the final at-large spot in the 16-team NCAA tournament. In fact, it's been commonplace in recent seasons. "If I'm away recruiting I may not be able to do it but I'll either be in Minnesota or watching the game if they make it". Roehl is one of five freshmen playing defense for the Bulldogs. "When they came back and we got healthy, the guys gained a lot of confidence".

On Thursday night, however, this young group did far more than that.

"I offered him a contract previous year, but he said he wanted to finish school", said Bergevin.

Three weeks ago at Xcel during the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, there was no home-ice advantage for the Bulldogs.

Kuhlman, the wing out of Esko, doesn't lead the Bulldogs in many statistical categories, just short-handed goals (2) and hat tricks (1). "It's so fun playing in front of a crowd like this, especially when they are on your side this time. Everyone knows we can rally together".

The last time a current member won the national title was Michigan State in 2007.

It's a Big Ten party at the 2018 Frozen Four.

"I owe Jeff Jackson a lot", UMD coach Scott Sandelin said. We probably had the best, last 10 days of practice that we've had on and off, and really felt like we were focused and ready to go. I don't know if there's any easy way to lose. "I got a big chunk of it and it kind of slipped through". It was a lot of fun in 2011. We didn't have the most talent.

Lavigne said he thought he'd stopped it.

It wasn't broken, just aggravated. "I was just trying to get a shot through the defenseman".

"It's something you just need to battle through", Tufte said. The loss to the Bulldogs past year in Fargo was Ohio State's sixth straight first-round NCAA tournament loss going back to 1999.