Hockey: No. 4 Michigan Rebounds to Defeat BGSU 8-3

After dominating Notre Dame last weekend, the No. 4 Michigan hockey team looked to continue its CCHA dominance Friday night as the Bowling Green State University Falcons made their way to Yost Ice Arena.<br><br> The Falcons jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Wolverines rebounded to score the game's final eight goals for an 8-3 Michigan victory. <br><br> <i>Photos to come</i><br>

Bowling Green got on the scoreboard first at 4:37 in the first period, taking advantage of a deflection that beat Michigan goalie Al Montoya. Steve Brudzewski of Bowling Green found the back of the net after his shot deflected off the stick of Michigan freshman Kevin Porter, over the shoulder of Montoya, and into the Michigan net.

Three minutes later, the Falcons extended the lead while Michigan was on the power play. Falcon Alex Rogosheske chased down an errant Michigan pass in the neutral zone by himself, flew inside the Michigan blue line, and beat Montoya for the short-handed goal.

At 10:38, Montoya got beat for the third time in seven shots to extend the BGSU lead to 3-0. Brudzewski added his second goal of the game beating Montoya high over the shoulder again to end the first period scoring.

That was all the Falcons could muster against the Wolverines, however, and the rest of the contest would tilt heavily in Michigan's favor.

Michigan's Brandon Kaleniecki found the back of the net to cut the lead to two early in the period on a Michigan power play. Kaleniecki positioned himself in the slot in front of Falcon goalie Jordan Sigalet while teammate Milan Gajic controlled the puck just outside the left circle. A quick pass into the slot and a one timer shot by Kaleniecki made it 3-1.

Minutes later Wolverine Matt Hunwick would score his first goal of the night to cut the lead again. A loose puck in front of the net bounced right to the stick of Hunwick, who was able to beat Sigalet before he could get back into his proper position.

Less than a minute later the comeback was complete. After his assist minutes earlier, Milan Gajic found the five hole to tie the game 3-3.

The Michigan onslaught continued into the third period, where the Wolverines would score 5 more goals to end the contest.

T.J. Hensick scored the game winner 1:09 into the period, beating a sprawled out Sigalet, and Matt Hunwick would add his second goal of the contest minutes later to extend the Wolverine lead to two goals.

Freshman Kevin Porter added another goal for the Wolverines and Hunwick and Hensick would both net one more before the time finally expired on the 8-3 Michigan victory.

Michigan improved to 12-4-1 on the season and 10-1-0 in CCHA play.

The same two teams conclude the weekend series at 7:05 Saturday night at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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