Sometimes it’s not your night. For Red Berenson and his Wolverines tonight was definitely not their night.
It took Vermont 22 seconds to take the lead after a failed clear set up Tom Forgione right in front of Hayden Lavigne and the Catamounts never looked back.
After giving up the early goal the Wolverines never threatened in the game. The Catamounts have more speed than any team Michigan has faced this season and they used it to counter Michigan’s rushes and turn the attack back into the Wolverine zone.
Matt Alvaro would make it 2-0 later in the period on a beautiful toe drag to beat his defender and sink a low shot under the pads of Lavigne.
The Wolverines maybe got two or three quality shots on the UVM goaltender Lekkas, while the Catamounts were getting Grade-A scoring chances almost every time they shot the puck. It didn’t help that the Wolverines posted another zero on the power play and spent the entire third period in the box.
The Catamounts wore down the Wolverines with their skating and eventually they would get a third goal late in the third period to seal it on the power play.
The lone bright spot tonight was Hayden Lavigne. Despite allowing three goals Lavigne turned away 42 quality scoring chances as his blueline failed to exit the zone and coughed up the puck all night long.
Up next the Wolverines head to Dartmouth to face the Big Green.