In a system named for legendary coach Red Berenson, the Daily hockey writers grade the Wolverines on their performance in each of four areas.
(Graded out of 4 pucks)
The offense looked good at certain points in each game, but was never dominant. The third and fourth lines haven’t contributed lately and need to step up if this team wants to make a run in the postseason.
Once again, mistakes cost the defense. But the defensemen played a key role in the offense, especially on Friday night. If it wants to be successful, the defense needs to cut down on the odd-man rushes.
Noah Ruden looked shaky for the first time all season, and coach Berenson wasn’t afraid to say so. But the senior rebounded from early mistakes to make big saves late in each game, preventing a sweep.
Michigan’s power play was missing once again this weekend. Just getting the puck into the zone was a struggle. More of a concern is the fact that its penalty kill – which has been great all year long – gave up two goals to spark two separate Maverick comebacks on Saturday.