Wolverine Icers Win Opener 3-1

The No. 8-ranked Michigan hockey team opened the regular season with a 3-1 win Friday night at Yost Ice Arena over the University of Quinnipiac. Kevin Porter scored two goals for the Wolverines in the season opener and freshman goaltender Billy Sauer recorded 25 saves in his first game as a Wolverine.

On Friday, the University of Michigan hockey team opened the new season with a 3-1 win over the University of Quinnipiac at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Kevin Porter netted two goals for the Wolverines as they skated pasted the Bobcats for the first win of the young season.

In the first period, neither team was able to seize control of the game as the teams traded penalties throughout the period. Quinnipiac had the first power play opportunity; however, a Bobcat penalty quickly negated the man advantage.

Later in the period, two Quinnipiac penalties gave the Wolverines a 5-on-3, but the Wolverines were unable to capitalize as the visiting team successfully shut down all the Michigan shooting lanes. Michigan outshot Quinnipiac 9-7 through one period of play.

Danny Fardig put Michigan on top early in the second period with his first Michigan goal. Fardig beat Bud Fisher, the Bobcat goaltender, from just in front of the net following a centering pass from Travis Turnball and deflection from Brandon Naurato.

Michigan's lead grew to two goals midway through the period when Kevin Porter netted his first of two goals at the 10:58 mark. Porter quickly flung the puck past Fisher after T.J. Hensick found the open skater on the power play.

Quinnipiac attempted to slice the Wolverines lead in half midway through the final period of play, but Michigan goalie Billy Sauer remained sharp turning away the Bobcats three power play opportunities.

At 2:50 of the final period, the Bobcats finally found success against Sauer as the puck slid past the Michigan goalie after bouncing around in front of the crease as the Bobcats skated with a man advantage due to a delayed penalty.

However, the Bobcat momentum was short lived. Kevin Porter added his second goal of the night 44 seconds later after his centering pass deflected off the hand of a Quinnipiac defender and into the Bobcat net.

On the night, Billy Sauer recorded 25 saves for the Wolverines who will conclude the weekends two game series with Quinnipiac on Saturday night in Ann Arbor.

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