ST. PAUL, Minn. — The adage goes, “You have to be good to be lucky.”
It’s unclear where it originated from, but that’s not really the point. Wherever it was first uttered, it might as well have came about specifically to describe the Michigan hockey team’s 2017-2018 season.
Twelve minutes into the NCAA Northeast Regional Final on Sunday, Boston University forward Nikolas Olsson lowered his left shoulder and knocked Michigan forward Niko Porikos into the side-boards.
The senior’s head slammed against the glass and he fell to the ice, where he spent the next 30 seconds kneeling before getting up and making his way towards the Wolverine bench under his own power. Porikos was on the bench for the rest of the first period, and did not return with the team after intermission.