Hockey

Senior goaltender Steve Racine blocks a shot during the Great Lakes Invitational on December 30.

DETROIT — The puck slipped between Steve Racine’s legs, and for a fleeting moment, it seemed the senior goaltender’s return to the ice had taken a turn for the worse.

Sophomore defenseman Cutler Martin celebrates his first goal of the season in the first period during Michigan's 3-2 victory over Northern Michigan in the semifinal game of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on December 29.

The Wolverines held on in the third period despite a five-minute major called on junior forward Alex Kile for a hit to the head.

Michael Downing was ejected from Saturday's game after delivering a hard hit to a Minnesota player.

The advent of concussion research brought forth a variety of suggestions for reducing dangerous hits in contact sports. Today, automatic ejections are in vogue.

Michigan nearly pulled off a win despite not playing its best game Saturday, but the Wolverines fell short.

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.

Diagnosing the Michigan hockey team’s identity has become nearly impossible.

Senior forward Boo Nieves in a game against Minnesota on Friday.

The scoring continued like it has all year at Yost Ice Arena, as No. 9 Michigan cruised to an 8-3 victory against Minnesota behind a three-goal surge in the second period.

Justin Selman and the Wolverines are looking for revenge.

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.

Alex Kile joined Justin Selman and Boo Nieves on the second line with tremendous success.

Junior forward Alex Kile moved to a line with senior forwards Boo Nieves and Justin Selman, while freshman forward Kyle Connor joined junior forwards JT Compher and Tyler Motte.

Chad Catt looks away when Michigan takes its shots in a shootout. He played his first significant minutes on Saturday.

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.

Boo Nieves used to eat Zebra cakes and Swiss rolls and drink Arnold Palmer the night before games, he shared in an interview.

The Daily sat down with senior forward Boo Nieves, who has three goals and six assists this season, to discuss his year, Michigan coach Red Berenson, E. coli and more.