Michigan hockey stunned by Denver in OT, 3-2, in Frozen Four semifinal

BOSTON — It didn’t turn into the shootout many expected. It couldn’t be settled in three periods.

But Michigan hockey’s chance to play for another national championship ended in the place the Wolverines last won one, 24 years ago.

Carter Savoie put back a rebound of his own shot that was initially saved by UM goalie Erik Portillo with 5:07 remaining in overtime to give Denver a 3-2 victory Thursday night in the Frozen Four at TD Garden.

“I just told them that one game is not gonna define who they are as hockey players or people,” Michigan coach Mel Pearson said. “There were a lot of expectations on this group, and they exceeded those expectations and then dealt with all that pressure so well.”

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