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Wolverines fall to Minnesota in Big Ten championship, end season without NCAA bid

James Coller/Daily

BY ZACH SHAW

But minute-by-minute in the third period of Saturday’s Big Ten Tournament championship, the actual fate for the Wolverines (12-8 Big Ten, 22-15 overall) became all too real, as Michigan fell one game short of the postseason for the third consecutive season, losing to the Golden Gophers, 4-2.

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The Wolverines best arch-nemesis Hildebrand in Big Ten semifinal

James Coller/Daily

BY JEREMY SUMMITT

Hildebrand has had the Wolverines’ number all season. He robbed them of a Big Ten regular-season championship last Saturday by piecing together a stellar performance at Yost Ice Arena, one that was punctuated by a remarkable lunging save to preserve a 2-1 lead late in the third period.

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Michigan to face Minnesota in Big Ten title game with an NCAA Tournament bid on the line

James Coller/Daily

BY JASON RUBINSTEIN

After beating Michigan State, 4-1, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Friday, the Wolverines will face No. 10 Minnesota in the conference championship game.

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Michigan breaks through late to beat Spartans, advance to championship game

James Coller/Daily

BY ZACH SHAW

The Wolverines fired 49 shots at the goal, barreling to a 4-1 win to advance to the Big Ten Tournament title game and keeping their postseason hopes alive.

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Michigan survives, thrives on penalty kill

James Coller/Daily

BY ZACH SHAW

The penalty kill in the third period was one of Michigan’s six in the game — including four in the tense third period — but what came off of each kill proved to be the most important. Despite a sluggish start and an offense that seemed out of sync for much of the game, the Wolverines were able to not only survive, but thrive off the heels of their penalty kill.

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Wolverines cruise past Wisconsin in Big Ten Tournament opener

James Coller/Daily

BY JASON RUBINSTEIN

Entering Thursday’s game against Wisconsin in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines were faced with a do-or-die situation. And fortunately for Michigan, it prevailed against the Badgers for the fifth time this season, 5-1.

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Michigan enters Big Ten Tournament with slim margin for error

Sam Mousigian/Daily

BY JEREMY SUMMITT

Michigan holds the 4-0 season series lead over Wisconsin, but it would be a mistake to tread lightly against a team that hasn’t enjoyed much, if any, success during the regular season.

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Notebook: Michigan to face conference-best goaltenders in Big Ten Tourney

James Coller/Daily

BY ERIN LENNON

Michigan will have to overcome its own goaltending woes if it hopes to advance past Thursday’s first-round contest.

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Larkin, Hyman headline Big Ten hockey honorees for Michigan

James Coller/Daily

BY ZACH SHAW

Forward Dylan Larkin was unanimously selected the Big Ten Freshman of the Year on Monday. He was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by senior forward Zach Hyman and freshman defenseman Zach Werenski.

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For the seniors, happy ending on breakable thread

James Coller/Daily

BY ZACH SHAW

On a day when the Wolverines had a chance to sweep their rival, win their first Big Ten title and send their seniors off with a bang in front of a sold-out crowd, Michigan came up short time and again, missing opportunity after opportunity to send the puck past Spartan goaltender Jake Hildebrand, who made 37 saves.

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