Michigan needed a miracle against the Bowling Green. It nearly got it, but four early goals proved too much to overcome.
So much for a relaxing start to 2018.
The Michigan hockey team will take on Bowling Green to open the Great Lakes Invitational on Monday, with either Michigan State or Michigan Tech awaiting it Tuesday.
The Wolverines’ top line has owed its success heavily to the contributions of Dancs, whose size, strength and hard-nosed play in physical situations provides space for Michigan’s other playmakers.
Michigan (3-5-2-1 Big Ten, 7-7-2 overall) ultimately suffered a sizable 5-0 loss to conference bottom-dweller Michigan State (2-7-1-1, 8-9-1), forcing the Wolverines to head home with a series split.
Behind a perfect performance from Hayden Lavigne in net and Tony Calderone's hat trick, the Wolverines recorded a convincing 4-0 victory.
The Wolverines have one more chance this calendar year to reverse a recent skid, and it will come this weekend against Michigan State.
Since the Wolverines win over Vermont, Norris has recorded just three points and one lone goal — a tap-in finish with a man advantage during garbage time against Ohio State.
Despite the unfortunate outcome for the youngsters, two USNTDP players — defensemen Bode Wilde and Mattias Samuelsson — got their first taste of the program they will play for next season.
Masked behind the Wolverines’ statistical rout of the USNTDP was the fact that a shift in momentum would soon make the game a lot closer than could have been anticipated from Michigan’s flying start.
Calderone, junior center Cooper Marody and senior left wing Dexter Dancs – who have combined for 47 points thus far this season – continued to dominate the stat sheet.