Aaron Palushaj and Kevin Porter scored the goals and Billy Sauer made 32 saves as Michigan pitched a 2-0 shutout of Clarkson tonight in the NCAA East Regional final in Albany, N.Y. to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2003.
When Porter scores a goal, U-M is 21-1-2 this year.
The Wolverines (33-5-4) will play either Notre Dame or Michigan State in the NCAA semifinal round Thursday, April 10, in Denver.
"It's been our goal all year to be the number one team in the nation," Michigan forward Chad Kolarik said. "So far, we've done a good job of protecting that spot. But it doesn't matter the rankings or anything like that, it's all about how we play in Denver."
Tonight was the first match-up between Michigan and Clarkson since 1962, when U-M lost in the NCAA Tournament semifinals. The only other two games took place in 1958 and 1959 and were both won by the Wolverines.
David Leggio finished with 30 saves for the Golden Knights, who ended the year 22-13-4.