since the beginning of January, Lavigne has been the go-to man in goal, starting all but a mid-week matchup against Merrimack. Against the Warriors, Mann got the start, largely to allow Lavigne to rest as the week was bookended by three important Big Ten games.
However, in the Wolverines’ last two series, Lavigne hasn’t finished the second game of either weekend.
This weekend against Minnesota, the Michigan hockey team had 12 opportunities on the power play, including three with a two-man advantage. But in the 27 minutes the Wolverines spent with an extra man — or two — across the two games, they failed to convert a single time.
To say the Michigan hockey team’s defense has been inconsistent this season is an understatement. The Wolverines have given up the fourth-most goals in the Big Ten this season with 77 goals against — 24 more than No. 4 Ohio State, which has allowed the fewest goals in the conference.
But amid all that inconsistency, junior defensemen Luke Martin and Griffin Luce have backstopped an up-and-down group of blueliners.
Lavigne sprawled out to make the save as Limoges wound his way to the front of the crease, waiting to shoot the puck until Lavigne was flat on the ice. One quick flip of his stick later and Penn State led 5-1.
Though Michigan tacked on another goal in the third period, the comeback came up short. The Nittany Lions went on to take the second game of the series, 5-2.
Hopgood calmly delivered to the tune of a 13.950 score for a clean routine that ended with a stuck dismount. And while Michigan competed on that apparatus early in the meet, his score held up throughout the rest of the meet, and he notched his second career event win.
In part thanks to Hopgood’s routine, the Wolverines went on to place second out of the six teams at the Windy City Invitational with a score of 402.00.
In 2016, Nick Blankenburg — then 18 years old and now a freshman at Michigan — was a forward on that team, but he had a hard time scoring. Burke decided to try Blankenburg at defense for the first time in his life.