The streak is over.
After 22 consecutive years, Michigan will not make the NCAA tournament after falling to Notre Dame in the CCHA championship game, 3-1.
The Irish dominated play in the opening period out shooting the Wolverines, 18-6. But it was Derek DeBlois with a shorthanded goal late in the stanza to give Michigan a 1-0 lead.
Notre Dame continued their strong play in the second period and finally got rewarded when Steven Johns fired a shot off the end board, the puck got sent back out in front and Anders Lee buried it past Steve Racine to tie the game.
The Irish took the lead just 29 seconds in to the third period after a defensive breakdown led to Austin Wuthrich knocking the puck past Racine.
Late in the period, Racine started to head to the bench but the puck came out to center ice and Notre Dame scored as he tried to race back to the crease.
Michigan had a few great chances, but Steve Summerhays came up big for the Irish.
And by few, I mean few. Notre Dame shut down Michigan offensively all afternoon. The Wolverines couldn’t get any sustained forecheck going, just quick opportunities here and there, and found themselves playing in their own end most of the day. It felt like they were hanging on most of the game and didn’t have the energy in the tank. It was truly either going to take a miracle or it’d just be a matter of time. And unfortunately, it was just a matter of time.
The Wolverines made an improbable run to the CCHA championship game. A few months ago we thought there was no way in hell we were going to even get home ice in the first round. The offense couldn’t score, the defense was terrible, and the goaltenders couldn’t stop a thing. To see these guys pull together was incredible and gives me hope for next season. One streak ends, but may a new one begin next year.
All-Tournament Team: T.J. Tynan (MVP), Andrew Copp, Austin Wuthrich, Jacob Trouba, Steven Johns, Steve Racine.