Junior defenseman Nolan De Jong stops a puck in front of the net in the second period of Michigan's season ending 5-2 loss to North Dakota in the NCAA midwest regional final on March 26, 2015 in Cincinnati, OH.

North Dakota scored a late go-ahead goal and two more insurance goals to oust the Wolverines, 5-2.

Junior forward Tyler Motte tries to keep the puck away from Notre Dame. Motte scored the game winning goal in overtime to defeat Notre Dame 3-2 in the NCAA regional semifinals on March 25.

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.

Senior goaltender Steve Racine prepares to block a shot in the second period of Michigan's 3-2 overtime win over Notre Dame in the NCAA regional semifinal on March 25 in Cincinnati, OH.

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.

Michigan players celebrate after junior forward Tyler Motte scored the game winning goal in overtime to defeat Notre Dame 3-2 in the NCAA regional semifinals on March 25.

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.

Red Berenson has coached in some significant matchups against Notre Dame in his career.

Before 2013, the two teams played in the now-defunct CCHA, and a battle between the two traditional rivals was an annual contest.

Dexter Dancs and Michigan open NCAA Tournament play against Notre Dame in Cincinnati.

This week, the situation is more desperate than at the Big Ten Tournament: Win or go home.

Steve Shields was a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker award in 1994.

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.

Michigan and Notre Dame last played in 2013 in the CCHA title game, and they'll match up again Friday in the NCAA Tournament.

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. 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.

Improved defense has allowed JT Compher and the Michigan hockey team to put together more complete performances of late.

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.