Hockey

The Michigan hockey team returned to its spot atop its conference and in the NCAA Tournament.

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.

Red Berenson's team will play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

Friday night, the Wolverines, a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional, will take on No. 3 seed Notre Dame, while No. 1 seed North Dakota and No. 4 seed Northeastern round out the regional in Cincinnati.

Zach Werenski scored the game-winning goal on the power play late in the third period Saturday.

Michigan’s power play unit did exactly what it has done well in the last month of the season.

The Michigan hockey team poses with the Big Ten Tournament trophy after defeating Minnesota for the title 5-3 in St. Paul Minnesota on March 19, 2016.

Michigan avenged a loss in the 2015 title game, beating Minnesota, 5-3.

Junior forward JT Compher takes a shot during Michigan's 7-2 victory over Penn State in the semifinal game of the Big Ten Hockey tournament on March 18, 2016.

Last season the Gophers prevailed in Detroit, ending Michigan’s season.

Freshman forward Kyle Connor skates the puck up the ice in the second period just before scoring a hat trick during Michigan's 7-2 victory over Penn State in the semifinal game of the Big Ten Hockey tournament on March 18, 2016.

Connor’s freshman season is among the most impressive feats in the modern history of college hockey. He owns a 24-game point streak and the national lead in points (65) and in goals (34).

Junior forward Max Shuart celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game during Michigan's 7-2 victory over Penn State in the semifinal game of the Big Ten Hockey tournament on March 18, 2016.

ST. PAUL, Minn. —With 9:08 left in the Big Ten Hockey Tournament semifinal, freshman forward Kyle Connor roofed a rebound during the Wolverines’ sixth power play of the game.

Freshman forward Kyle Connor celebrates with teammates after scoring his third goal of the game. He would go on to score four goals during Michigan's 7-2 victory over Penn State in the semifinal game of the Big Ten Hockey tournament on March 18, 2016.

The Wolverines defeated Penn State for the fifth time this season.

Steve Racine rebounded last weekend with two strong performances against Penn State.

Michigan is entering its conference tournament as the No. 2 seed, with an NCAA Tournament berth already locked in place.

Sophomore defenseman Zach Werenski grew up watching Nicklas Lidstrom play.

If there’s one player on the Michigan hockey team who emulates Lidstrom’s game the most, it’s sophomore defenseman Zach Werenski.