Michigan Sneaks Past LSSU 4-3 in CCHA Opener

In a game that many expected to be a blow out, the Michigan hockey team converted on three power play goals to sneak past Lake Superior State Lakers 4-3. The win makes head coach Red Berenson one of the 10 winningest coaches in college hockey history with 563 victories.

Sloppy play early by the Wolverines lead to early power play chances for the Lakers. After a successful penalty kill less than five minutes into the game, the Wolverines were whistled for their second penalty of the game, and this time the Lakers took advantage of the extra skater.

Laker forward Steve McJannet found his way in front of the Wolverine net, taking in a pass in the high slot and firing a quick shot between Michigan goaltender Al Montoya's legs putting the Lakers up 1-0 at the 7:39 mark.

The Lakers continued to build momentum, beating Montoya for the second time in less than a minute after capitalizing on a Michigan turnover as the Wolverines attempted to clear their defensive zone. Laker Jon Booras flipped the puck past a sprawled out Montoya at the 8:25 mark and the Lakers had an early 2-0 advantage.

Michigan began to turn things around early in the second period. A five-on-three power play less than two minutes into the second period helped Michigan get on the board when David Moss beat Laker goalie Jeff Jakatis to make it 3-1.

The Lakers would score again on another power play, but the lead was cut again to one at 14:36 of the second period thanks to Wolverine freshman Kevin Porter, who broke into the Laker zone and beat Jakatis high.

Brandon Kaleniecki tied the game for the Wolverines on yet another power play after collecting a rebound in front of the LSSU net.

Michigan took their first lead of the game halfway through the final period of play when Wolverine forward Milan Gajic scored the third power play goal of the night for the Wolverines at the 9:20 mark. A one timer from the slot was enough to beat new Laker goaltender Matt Violin, and Al Montoya was able to keep LSSU off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.

The win improves the Wolverine record to 3-1-1 on the season and 1-0-0 in CCHA play. The final game of the series is set for Saturday night at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.

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