The Michigan Wolverines hockey team will try to add an NCAA-record 10th national crown to its trophy case tonight as it faces off with hometown favorite Minnesota Duluth tonight in the Frozen Four finals.
Michigan is coming off an inspired performance from goaltender Shawn Hunwick, who was all over the ice Thursday against North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux were the lone No. 1 seed left in the tournament and favorite to win it all, but Hunwick turned aside 40 shots in a 2-0 victory.
Minnesota Duluth beat Notre Dame, another national championship favorite, 4-3 in the first semifinal. The Bulldogs will be the de facto home team, their campus a short 151-mile drive from the Xcel Energy Center. UMD will seek its first ever national championship.
In case you need a memory refresher, here is the route the teams took to the finals.
West Regional Semifinal: Michigan 3, Nebraska-Omaha 2(OT)
West Regional Final: Michigan 2, Colorado College 1
Frozen Four Semifinal: Michigan 2, North Dakota 0
Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
East Regional Semifinal: UMD 2, Union (NY) 0
East Regional Final: UMD 5, Yale 3
Frozen Four Semifinal: UMD 4, Notre Dame 3