Over his last four appearances, Lavigne has allowed just two goals per game, taking firm control between the pipes.
But this weekend, Michigan swept Minnesota for the first time in 41 years on the road, and it looked dominant in doing so, no less.
On Saturday,MIchigan defeated No. 9 Minnesota, 3-1, putting finality on its most impressive weekend of the season.
Powered by an early outburst, Michigan (4-7-2 Big Ten, 9-10-2 overall) defeated the ninth-ranked Golden Gophers (4-8-1, 13-11-1) on Friday in a crucial conference victory away from home.
Despite a sweep at the hands of the Fighting Irish, the Wolverines’ defense had possibly its best performance of the season, and might have reached a turning point.
According to Michigan coach Mel Pearson, when Michigan State went out to two goal lead, Luke Glendening’s words of wisdom began to soak in.
Against Michigan State, Michigan was able to overcome an early deficit to take third place at the Great Lakes Invitational.
Michigan needed a miracle against the Bowling Green. It nearly got it, but four early goals proved too much to overcome.
So much for a relaxing start to 2018.
The Michigan hockey team will take on Bowling Green to open the Great Lakes Invitational on Monday, with either Michigan State or Michigan Tech awaiting it Tuesday.
After the Great Lakes Invitational wraps up, the Wolverines have just two days to regroup for two games this weekend. Their opponents? None other than No. 3 Notre Dame.
The Wolverines’ top line has owed its success heavily to the contributions of Dancs, whose size, strength and hard-nosed play in physical situations provides space for Michigan’s other playmakers.