Michigan Wolverines hockey beats Michigan State advances Frozen Four

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It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. That’s true for both individual games as well as in the regular season.

Michigan hockey entered the NCAA Tournament having only beaten rival Michigan State once in five tries. The Wolverines lost to the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, but the rivals met again (for the first time) in the NCAA Tournament. And the maize and blue found themselves first down 1-0 before tying the score, taking the lead at 2-1, and then allowing a tie once again.

But then twice in less than a minute span, Dylan Duke then Gavin Brindley scored back-to-back goals to take a 4-2 lead with a Frozen Four berth on the line. On a two-minute power play with just over two minutes remaining, it took all of a few seconds for Duke to score again to extend the lead to 5-2.

Without Seamus Casey, the Wolverines did what seemed unlikely before the game, and ended up beating MSU, 5-2, to survive and advance and go to the Frozen Four for the third-straight year. They will face Boston College in Saint Paul, Minnesota on April 11 for the right to play in the national championship game.

Naturally, even without it being a rivalry game, Michigan social media would be abuzz, but it was even more so with the win over the Spartans. Here are some of our favorite reactions.



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