The Michigan hockey team begins play in the NCAA Tournament at 8 (CT) Friday night against Cornell in Green Bay, Wis.
The Wolverines, the Midwest's top seed, return several key players, including goaltender Shawn Hunwick, forward Luke Glendening and defenseman Lee Moffie, from a run that brought them within one goal of the national title last year.
However, Michigan lost two of its best goal scorers (Carl Hagelin and Louie Caporusso) after last season. That weight has been picked up by freshman Alex Guptill, junior A.J. Treais and senior David Wohlberg, who missed last season’s playoff run with an injury.
Michigan skated at the Resch Center Thursday afternoon. The players also had a chance to visit historic Lambeau Field on their down time. Friday will feature a skatethrough and team meeting since it's a late start time for the Wolverines.
Players are hoping to improve on their CCHA tournament showing, after losing in the final to Western Michigan. The Wolverines came out slow both in the championship and semifinals rounds, and Wolverines coach Red Berenson stressed to the team that it must play all 60 minutes in order to be a good postseason team.
Cornell is 18-8-7 and is led offensively by junior Greg Miller and senior Sean Collins. Goaltender Andy Iles averages 2.13 goals against per game and has made 820 saves this season.
The game will be televised on ESPNU.