The Wolverines finished in a tie for second in the CCHA and followed that up with a runner up finish in the CCHA tournament. The Wolverines earned a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament but were upset in the first round by Cornell.
It was the best of times….
Michigan was struggling at the start of CCHA play, but permanently turned their season around with a 9 game unbeaten streak, including 2 nonconference games over Boston College and Michigan State. In all the Wolverines went from 4-6-2 in the league to 8-6-4 in the CCHA.
Michigan star Jon Merrill is returning to school, according to the Detroit News. The 2010 2nd round pick of the New Jersey Devils was suspended for much of last season by the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Merrill had 11 points (2 goals) in 19 games last year as a Wolverine and helped them earn a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Merrill said a big reason for coming back is that when he signs a pro contract he wants to be sure he is NHL ready and not have to spend much time in the minors, and while it is never a bad thing for a great talent to want to play college hockey, this is probably a bad move by him. He's already proven he can...