All season long Red Berenson has talked about momentum. College hockey is a game of momentum. All it takes is one shift, one big play and the course of the game is altered.
The Wolverines flattened Minnesota the first ten minutes of this game, dominating possession and holding the Gophers to just two shots on net.
In one play it all changed when Minnesota defensemen Jack Glover took a whack at Justin Selman and in the ensuing scuffle Boo Nieves picked up the extra minor. The Wolverines allowed Jake Bischoff to hold the puck at the point, wait for his shooting lane to open up, fit a puck through traffic and the Gophers scored.
Three minutes later Bischoff did it again. Without any Wolverines challenging the shooter or clearing the crease, he waited for a lane to open and the puck hit a player in front into Michigan's net.
"When they got that second goal that was a higher hill to climb than maybe it's been in previous weeks and we just couldn't climb it. We couldn't get the goal we needed." Berenson noted in the postgame.
The Wolverines would push back later in the game to tie it 2-2 on a pair of Kyle Connor goals. Connor, who leads the Big Ten in scoring continued where he left off Friday by going hard to the net. The puck has a way of finding goal scorers and Connor found himself in all the right places this weekend.
Despite Connor's heroics it wouldn't be enough. Twelve seconds after Connor scored Minnesota broke the tie and Eric Schierhorn closed it out.
It was a missed opportunity to say the least. You can't leave points on the ice especially at home, where the Wolverines will only at play six times for the rest of the year.
The team heads into the break with a 9-3-3 record. They're off until the GLI December 29th and 30th, then off again until January 8th.