No. 7 Wolverines Beat Broncos 4-1

On Tuesday, the No. 7-ranked Michigan ice hockey team completed the last of two weekday games with the Western Michigan University Broncos. In the Wolverines 4-1 win, sophomore Kevin Porter netted two goals for the Wolverines and Noah Ruden recorded 25 stops in the crease as the Wolverines climbed into second place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

It didn't take long for the No. 7 Wolverines to jump on top of Western Michigan. 49 seconds into the contest, T.J. Hensick put the Wolverines on top 1-0 beating Broncos goalie Daniel Bellissimo on the breakaway. Hensick, the Wolverines leading scorer, took a pass from Kevin Porter on the blue line while splitting the Broncos defense.

Kevin Porter doubled it up on the Broncos midway through the period, this time being on the receiving end of the set up pass from Hensick. Holding onto the puck along the boards, Hensick fired a cross-ice pass to Porter in the right circle. With Bellissimo caught out of position, Porter quickly fired a shot off the post and into the net to make it 2-0.

At 16:00, Jack Johnson added to the Michigan lead. Johnson's seventh goal during the season, a power-play goal from just inside the slot, gave Michigan a three goal lead as the teams ended the first period.

4:09 into the second, Kevin Porter added his second goal of the game to conclude the Wolverines scoring. Porter snapped a quick shot from between the circles high past Bellissimo after a beautiful backhand pass from behind the net courtesy of T.J. Hensick.

Western Michigan would trim the lead to three goals, but that was as close as the home team could get. Brent Walton, the Western Michigan Broncos leading goal scorer, beat Ruden to the far post as he crashed the slot on a delayed penalty call against the Wolverines.

Noah Ruden recorded 25 saves for the Wolverines in his second consecutive start for the Wolverines between the pipes.

Now in second place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, the Wolverines continue conference play on Friday night with a home bout versus Lake Superior State University.

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