Michigan’s Storybook Season Ends Under The Brightest Lights

College Hockey News from CHN

April 6, 2018

by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer (@MikeMcMahonCHN)

(photo: Neil Ament)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Dexter Dancs wore the emotion on his face just as he wore the Michigan “M” on his chest. It was visible and prominent. 

The realization had already set in that he would never wear that Michigan maize and blue again and Dancs’ emotions couldn’t be hidden. Michigan’s season just ended on the biggest stage, and Dancs now sat on a stage, microphone in front of his mouth and lights beaming in his face.

Minutes after Jake Evans scored with 5.2 seconds left in the national semifinal to give Notre Dame a 4-3 win over the Wolverines, Dancs and fellow senior Tony Calderone sat in front of assembled media. They answered questions and tried to put their storybook season into perspective.

But it was hard. Visibly, it was tough at times for them to answer the questions. The best year of their lives just ended, abruptly, and that was it. There was no going back.

Instead of sitting in the locker room with the teammates they loved, getting ready to play in an overtime at the Frozen Four — a scenario many of them may have played out as kids growing up during pickup games — Dancs and Calderone saw their college careers flash before their eyes and end in an instant.

Michigan, which had a 2-0 lead after a goal just 17 seconds into the second period, felt like it had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after allowing three straight goals. But the Wolverines never-say-die approach paid off when they tied the score with a little more than five minutes remaining on the clock.

For a few minutes, it felt like fate was intervening for the Wolverines. A team that had consistently found ways to win in the second half was, once again, going to prove …

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