DETROIT, Mich. — Over the last two months, Hayden Lavigne has asserted himself as Michigan’s starting goaltender, and has often had to stand on his head to bail out his team.
Saturday night, it was Joseph Cecconi’s turn.
With under three minutes to play and the Wolverines leading Michigan State, 3-2, Spartan forward Cody Milan jumped on a rebound after two Lavigne saves and sent the puck towards the net with the sophomore goaltender out of position.
The adage “three strikes and you’re out” may have originated with baseball, but it works fairly well in hockey too.
One minute into Saturday’s game, Michigan defenseman Sam Piazza motored around to the left circle, where his shot rebounded off of Kyle Hayton’s pads. The puck then bounced to a wide-open Cooper Marody with the Wisconsin goaltender nowhere near the play. Marody, a Hobey Baker Award nominee, normally puts away chances like those in his sleep. His attempt flew past Hayton — and the pipe.
While playing for the United States national team in a Dec. 29 game against Canada at the World Junior Championships, Lockwood took a hit from behind and fell hard on his left shoulder. He was initially ruled out for the remainder of the tournament, and was later told that surgery was necessary after being evaluated by Michigan’s medical staff.