Nerves were on edge all day on Saturday, starting with driving in dang near a blizzard, culminating in the big game that night between the Michigan Wolverines and the Colorado College Tigers. After an eight goal performance by the Tigers the night before, trouncing Boston College and shocking college hockey fans nationwide, Wolverine fans had every right to be on edge.
Michigan would go on to take the win 2-1 in a pretty uneventful game and making its 24th trip to the Frozen Four, most recently in 2008. Michigan went up 2-0 early, Scooter Vaughan with the first goal in the first period, his first NCAA Tournament goal in six games. The Wolverines would take advantage of a 5-on-3 power play with a goal from Lee Moffie later. Colorado College would get on the board at 16:25 of the third with a great goal from Rylan Schwartz, putting the Tigers within one and keeping them alive. The Wolverines defense effectively shut down the Schwartz, Schwartz, Schultz line which was exactly what they would have to do to win this game. CC’s goaltender Joe Howe, despite the loss, should be commended for his performance. Michigan peppered Howe with 43 SOG….only 2 got through. Impressive. The Tigers put up 22 shots on goal. Michigan’s Shawn Hunwick would go on to be named the regional’s Most Outstanding Player.