The Buckeyes are ranked sixth in the nation in both the USCHO and USA Today polls, and fourth in Pairwise. They’re 11th nationally in scoring and fourth in goals against. Their power play percentage is better than that of all but seven teams, and their penalty kill is second to none. They’ve won 23 games, lost eight and tied five.
With a 7-4 victory Saturday at Yost Ice Arena, the Wolverines not only clinched a semifinal date with No. 6 Ohio State next week, but also all but punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament in coach Mel Pearson’s debut season.