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The Wolverines hang on to beat the Buckeyes at Yost

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A week off of hockey can do wonders for a team and the Wolverines came out of their break looking refreshed with Ohio State in town.

Michigan jumped all over the Buckeyes early in the game and stormed out to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Evan Allen and Adam Winborg. With Lavigne holding it down in net Cooper Marody added three more goals to push the lead to 5-1 going into the third period.

It looked like they were going to cruise to an easy win at Yost. Michigan went into the locker room with everything going their way but the second that they stepped out of the locker room to begin the 3rd period it was all gone.

The Buckeyes got their first goal six seconds into the period and followed it with a second goal eleven seconds later. Just like that it was 5-3 and the Bucks were buzzing; with Steven Merl in the box Ohio State added another goal on a point shot that hit Joe Cecconi and went into his own net.

The biggest moment in the game came just a few moments later when Hayden Lavigne let up a big rebound and Cecconi had to take a penalty to save a goal. In a 5-4 game with all of the momentum on the side of the Buckeyes, the Wolverines needed to stop the nation’s 3rd ranked power play and they pulled it off.

The Buckeyes wouldn't come any closer as the Wolverines made a final push to prevent Matt Tomkins from getting to the bench. This team hasn’t done anything the easy way all year and tonight was no different, but they hung on for a much-needed win.