No. 6 Wolverines Blast BGSU 6-1

On Friday, the No. 6-ranked Michigan ice hockey team returned to Yost Ice Arena for the front end of a home-and-home series with Bowling Green State University. U-M bolted to a 4-0 lead by the early stages of the second period and continued to apply pressure to the Falcons defense as the Maize and Blue coasted to a 6-1 victory.

If the Wolverines 2-0 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday was meant to open the eyes of the youthful Wolverines, then consider the message received.

With the added sense of urgency in the Wolverines step, the Maize and Blue bolted to their fastest start of the season on Friday in Michigan's 6-1 win over the Bowling Green State University Falcons. Andrew Cogliano netted two goals and an assist for the Wolverines who continue trying to chase the Miami University RedHawks in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings.

"We always seem to have bad starts, especially at the Michigan State game," said Andrew Cogliano after his big game. "We needed a good start. So when Ebbett got that first goal and I got the second, we got a good jump on the game. We came prepared and ready for the second period."

Andrew Ebbett put Michigan on top 1-0 just over one minute into the game. Ebbett, the Wolverines senior captain, sent the puck over the glove of Bowling Green goalie Jimmy Spratt and into the Falcons net to open things up from just off the left circle.

Cogliano scored his first of the night only minutes later. Cogliano's power-play goal, his ninth of the season, put Michigan on top 2-0 at the 4:31 mark. Andrew fired the puck past Spratt from in the slot after a beautiful feed from Travis Turnball in the corner.

Michigan would continue to dominate, but the Falcons would have their lone scoring chance of the first period as the clock would down three minutes left. Falcon Mike Nesdill fired a hard shot at the Michigan net as Noah Ruden fell back as he made the glove save.

In the second period, the Wolverines came out hot just like in the first. Only 1:56 into the frame, Tim Cook scored his first goal in 82 games as a Wolverine. Cook sent the puck past Spratt while the Wolverines were shorthanded thanks to a nifty backhand pass from Cogliano. "I didn't really see him," Cogliano said. "I just saw his pizza flipper as a blade, and I just saw that blade of the stick behind me so I dropped the pass. He was there, and he put it in."

At 3:55, Cogliano would add his second goal of the contest by putting away the rebound on his own shot from just off the right post.

Noah Ruden denied BGSU for a second time midway through the period with a top notch save after a giveaway by Mark Mitera inside the Michigan zone; however, BGSU would spoil the shutout only minutes later. Don Morrison tallied the Falcons lone tally of the game from the left circle beating Ruden low to the far post.

Michigan would answer to extend the lead back to four goals, this time off the stick of T.J. Hensick. Hensick, the Wolverines shifty center that was expected to lead the team offensively, provided Michigan faithful with a glimpse of what they have been looking at him for all season. With the puck in the Michigan zone, Hensick put his head down taking the puck coast-to-coast. After beating three Falcon defenders, Hensick slipped the puck past Spratt to make it 5-1 as he was being hauled down from the back.

Michigan outshot the Falcons 25-19 through two periods.

In the third, Kevin Porter would add his 11th goal of the season by tucking the puck under Spratt's pads to conclude the scoring for the night.

With the win in the book, the Wolverines look to complete a weekend sweep of the Falcons tomorrow night at 7:05.

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