The Brighton duo are seeking NCAA hockey title with star-studded Michigan

Luke Morgan of Brighton has four goals and seven assists in 38 games for the Michigan hockey team.

The University of Michigan became the favorite to win the NCAA hockey championship the moment the No. 5 pick in last year’s NHL Entry Draft was announced.

By the time the Columbus Blue Jackets selected center Kent Johnson as fifth overall, an unprecedented four Wolverines had come off the board.

The perception from that day forward has been that it is national championship or bust for an all-star team that also had No. 1 (Owen Power), No. 2 (Matthew Beniers) and No. 4 (Luke Hughes) drafts.

And while their huge stellar power has Wolverines within two wins after reaching that mission, it also requires players like Luke Morgan and Jay Keranen of Brighton to complete the championship puzzle.

Jay Keranen of Brighton has played in 17 games for Michigan, which will play Denver in the Frozen Four on Thursday in Boston.

Morgan and Keranen are not among the 12 NHL draft picks on Michigan’s list, but their ability to fill any necessary role provides some flexibility for coach Mel Pearson, who is heading into a national semifinal match with Denver at. 5pm Thursday in Boston.

Morgan, a graduate student who plays forward, has been able to fit into any line and provide a veteran presence on a team filled with young stars. He has four goals and seven assists and has played in 38 of Michigan’s 41 games.

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