From the beginning, the 1997 Michigan football team was different.
The Wolverines won their first game, then their second, then their third and then they just kept winning until they rolled into the last game of the regular season against No. 4 Ohio State. A win would set No. 2 Michigan up for a trip to the Rose Bowl and a possible national title, but it had to get through its longtime rival first.
In an up-and-down series against Lake Superior State (5-1) in which the Wolverines appeared to be two different teams between Friday and Saturday night, there was one constant for the No. 12 Michigan hockey team (4-3): sophomore forward Josh Norris.
It took eight minutes for the No. 12 Michigan hockey team to find twine. After back-and-forth play with minimal shots to show from either side, the Wolverines (3-3) finally broke through against Lake Superior State (5-0) to take the first lead of the game. But the early lead wouldn’t last, as the Lakers poured in five goals and Michigan fell, 5-2.