Michigan hockey embarks on a potentially painful summer after losing the NCAA

BOSTAN – Eric Partila turned in the fold, watching as the puck jumped out of the net behind the Michigan goalkeeper. Defender Luke Hughes hit the crossbar with a stick and then broke it in half with a second swipe on the pipe.

That’s how the Wolverine season, filled with dreams of a national championship thanks to one of the most talented registries in the program’s history, came to a sudden and stunning end. The team, which took first place in the NCAA tournament, failed to survive Denver’s dominance as a result of a 3-2 overtime defeat that eliminated UM and extended the drought in the championship to 24 years.

With the loss, serious questions arise, including whether the seven Raamahi elections in the NHL draft in the first round are back and how the program plans to replace a number of key seniors. But there’s nothing more than whether coach Mel Pearson will return for a sixth season – and if he should, then after a controversial season ended without the country’s 10th champion and an empty sense of unbeatable success after wasting so much talents.

Michigan head coach Mel Pearson (center right) watches the game against Denver during the third period of the Frozen Four semifinals at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday, April 7, 2022.

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According to the Michigan Daily, the five-year contract that Pearson signed when he was hired to replace Red Berenson in 2017 expires on April 30th.

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