The Michigan hockey team began its run against Big Ten opponents not with a Gopher ball but a dominant sweep of weekend games in Minnesota. The Wolverines took Friday’s game 5-3 and followed it up 24 hours later with an impressive 3-1 win.
Minnesota opened the weekend series ranked ninth in the country. The unranked Wolverines improved to 10-10-2 overall, 5-7-2-1 in the Big Ten.
“We played with the lead all weekend and when you do that on the road that really helps,” UM Coach Mel Pearson told mgoblue.com. “We are starting to get that depth and starting to get that work ethic and hopefully these victories will continue to help us.”
In the opening win over Minnesota, the Pastujov brothers recorded their first multi-point games. Nick Pastujov had two assists and Michael Pastujov had a goal and an assist.
Brendan Warren had two goals while Tony Calderone had two assists.
Cooper Marody also scored for the Wolverines giving him 30 points on the season.
Hayden Lavigne continued his solid play in net for the Wolverines. After strong starts in a pair of 2-1 losses to Notre Dame, the sophomore finished with 24 saves in the win.
The win in the second game gave the Wolverines their first sweep against Minnesota since the 2014-15 season, and the first sweep on the road against the Gophers since the 1976-77 season.
Warren, Marody and Josh Norris scored in the win.
Michigan turned in one of its best defensive efforts, holding Minnesota to just 18 shots on goal – the lowest this season for the Maize and Blue. Lavigne ended the game with 17 saves.
The Wolverines host Penn State on Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (7:30 p.m.) before playing a pair at Ohio State on Jan. 26-27.
For the complete interview with Coach Pearson as well interviews with Josh Norris and Hayden Lavigne, log onto http://www.mgoblue.com/news/2018/1/13/ice-hockey-michigan-sweeps-no-9-minnesota-claims-mariucci-renfrew-trophy.aspx