After a dramatic, 3-2 overtime win over Notre Dame on Friday night, No. 2 seed Michigan advanced to the Midwest Regional Final of the NCAA Hockey Tournament.
The senior netminder has had a lonely career in the maize and blue sweater. That’s an aspect most people need to accept as a goaltender, but Racine’s experience has been different.
Junior forward JT Compher found fellow junior forward Tyler Motte with a no-look, behind-the-back pass that Motte buried for the game-winning goal to lift the Wolverines to a 3-2 overtime victory.
Before 2013, the two teams played in the now-defunct CCHA, and a battle between the two traditional rivals was an annual contest.
This week, the situation is more desperate than at the Big Ten Tournament: Win or go home.
Last Wednesday, the top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award were announced — and it’s no surprise Kyle Connor, JT Compher and Tyler Motte were among them.
The Fighting Irish are not so different than they were three years ago in the teams’ last meeting — set to pose a stringent defensive challenge to Michigan’s high-flying offense.
USCHO.com reported Tuesday afternoon that the Fighting Irish would be leaving the Hockey East for the Big Ten in the 2017-18 season. An announcement is expected either late Tuesday or Wednesday.
If you ask the team what changed defensively, they’ll tell you it was a whole-team effort. Every player became accountable: forwards, defensemen and Racine.
For three years, the Michigan hockey team has been burdened with a historic legacy as a measuring stick. But now, the Wolverines are back where they're supposed to be.