It’s hard to think of the Wolverines as anybody’s Cinderella, but given the expectations Michigan had coming into this season, it’s not so difficult to imagine that glass slipper.
Starting the season with a dozen freshmen and two seniors on the roster and a junior goaltender who had not yet lived up to expectations, the team that had never finished lower than tied for second in the CCHA league standings since the 1989-90 season was picked fourth in preseason polls by both the league coaches and media.
The Wolverines were expected to rebuild this year, not to contend.
“We’ve had a good year,” said UM associate head coach Mel Pearson, taking a page from head coach Red Berenson’s big book of understatements.
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Michigan vs. Notre Dame
Thursday, 9 p.m. ET
Pepsi Center, Denver