The Buckeyes are ranked sixth in the nation in both the USCHO and USA Today polls, and fourth in Pairwise. They’re 11th nationally in scoring and fourth in goals against. Their power play percentage is better than that of all but seven teams, and their penalty kill is second to none. They’ve won 23 games, lost eight and tied five.
With a 7-4 victory Saturday at Yost Ice Arena, the Wolverines not only clinched a semifinal date with No. 6 Ohio State next week, but also all but punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament in coach Mel Pearson’s debut season.
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.