It was a sour ending for Michigan's season Saturday night as the Wolverines suffered an 8-5 loss to North Dakota in the opening game of the West Regional in Denver.
Michign scored twice in the first minute of the first and second periods, but only one goal the rest of the game.
Billy Sauer was mediocre in net and finished with 19 saves.
T.J. Hensick led the Wolverines with a pair of goals and a helper, while Kevin Porter and Andrew Cogliano each chipped in a marker and an assist. Chris Summers netted the other goal for UM (26-14-1).
Hensick earned a 10-minute misconduct at 7:34 of the third period for yelling at the ref and once he came back on the ice, lost a faceoff in the Fighting Sioux end that ultimately led to an empty-net goal by T.J. Oshie, completing his hat trick.
"It was extremely frustrating, considering I didn't think I deserved a 10-minute, considering I've only had one I think in my entire career," said Hensick. "For the ref to do what he did, to take me out of the game for 10 minutes in a critical situation was unlikely to happen. The ref tried to take control of the game. I just think he should have done it earlier in the game."
"I think it's important when you get to this level that everyone understand what the standard is," said an upset Wolverines' head coach Red Berenson.
Michigan will graduate seven seniors (Hensick, captain Matt Hunwick, Jason Dest, Tim Cook, David Rohlfs, Mike Mayhew and Morgan Ward) and may lose defenseman Jack Johnson (Los Angeles) and Cogliano (Edmonton) to the NHL.
Stay tuned this summer.