The Wolverines win all the time when they’re getting the bounces. What they couldn’t manage to do Saturday was win when the pucks weren’t going in, no matter how close they were — and they were very close.
When two of college hockey’s most storied programs meet, there’s always a little extra buzz around the rink. But when Minnesota and No. 9 Michigan drop the puck at Yost Ice Arena on Friday night, it won’t be just a matchup of star talent and Big Ten contenders. It’s personal.
As the Michigan hockey team began its shootout against Wisconsin on Saturday, all eyes were on junior forward Tyler Motte as he took the puck from center ice and went in on goal to try to give the Wolverines an early advantage.