The pain!  Michigan hockey is done, upset by Air Force 2-0.   From WCBN’s live blog late in the third period:

Even with multiple man advantages, it just seems to be one of those night[s] where nothing goes Michigan’s way.

More later.  It sounded like a lethal combination of coming out a little flat, a hot goaltender, tough bounces and some questionable calls. 


  1. It wouldn’t be a UM loss without questionable calls.

  2. El Caballo de Sangre

    On the subject of “questionable calls”: I’ve been trying to come up with a way to ask Brian @ MGo about this that’s likely to get answered in a Mailbag post without seeming dickish, because I’m really not trying to be a dick about it, but it’s something that’s bothered me at least since the outrage over the Crable-on-Troy Smith personal foul call a few years back (I’m a Buckeye fan, but one who tries to hate y’all in a congenial, intelligent way, if that makes sense), and bothered me more with the over-and-over-and-OVER nature of the complaining about calls v. ND in hockey this year, plus the Michigan-specific penalties Brian recommended/demanded (is such a theoretical specialized suspension even allowed by the rules?) for Sparty’s hooligans (along with the implicit endorsement of attempted assault well after the fact by the injured player’s father): Do you guys think that this is bad luck, or an anti-Wolverine conspiracy?

    Note that the rightness or wrongness of the calls is immaterial to the question; I don’t have a dog in that fight anyhow. They could all be good calls that Michigan partisans hate simply because they went against Michigan, or all be bad calls that Michigan fans are justifiably enraged about. In either case, the question remains – which is it: bad luck or conspiracy? Because, really, it has to be one or the other, and the tone of a lot of what a lot of you Michigan guys have to say about it strongly implies the latter. But I don’t know that that’s true, so I’m asking. Thanks.

  3. The ND games were brutal but that’s history; at least replay is going to change because of it. There’s some Denver/Minnesota clips on Youtube that makes CCHA refs look like gods; Michigan doesn’t have the market cornered on getting hosed by refs. Please just chalk the AFA game up to bad luck. Michigan lost to a good team today and that is the nature of tourney hockey. 3 low seeds won in the four games today and the one game that wasn’t an upset went to OT. When Michigan nation cries about the refs or anything else it just makes us look bad plain and simple. Yesterday, when Michigan got an extended 5 on 3 powerplay and seven PP chances total, and cannot score, they deserve to lose. No worries though, Red will have them ready to go this fall.

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