Turnbull Shines in Blue's Scrimmage Win

Junior forward Travis Turnbull recorded three goals and an assist to offensively guide the Blue team past the White team 6-3 on Saturday night at the annual Blue/White Intrasquad scrimmage at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Captain Kevin Porter added two goals in his first game at center for the White team.

ANN ARBOR -- With questions surrounding the Michigan offense heading into the 2007-08 ice hockey season, it was defense and goal tending that proved lack-luster on Saturday night in Ann Arbor in the Blue teams 6-3 win over the White team in the annual season-opening Blue/White Intrasquad scrimmage at Michigan's Yost Ice Arena.

In his first game with freshmen line mates Louie Caporusso and Carl Hagelin, Travis Turnbull, who scored just eight times last season, put the puck past White team goalie Billy Sauer once in each period, plus an assist in the second, to lead the Blue team offense.

"It was good to see Turnbull have a real confidence building game," Michigan coach Red Berenson said after word when thinking back on the scrimmage. "That's why you have these games, to see the lines that might gel and could have a leg up early in the year. It was good and hopefully we can build on that."

Freshman Max Pacioretty opened the scoring for the White team just 2:16 into the game. In his second shift with line mates Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik, Pacioretty buried a two-on-one with sophomore defenseman Steven Kampfer behind goalie Brandon DeMars to make it 1-0.

Just over 2:30 later, sophomore Brian Lebler tied the score with his lone goal of the exhibition. Bringing the puck across the blue line on a three-on-one, Lebler threw the puck at junior goalie Billy Sauer and the puck trickled through his pads and over the goal line at 4:47.

"If you were worried about defense, you saw some plays that weren't so good," Berenson continued, "but it was good for our young players to get out there and get a little bit of a game situation at Yost and tomorrow will be even bigger of a game situation.

"A couple of the goals might have been good shots, but ones that Billy should have saved. I'm sure that Billy will tell you that he didn't like all the goals. Not that you ever like any of the goals against, but there were some that he should have saved, but on the flip side there were some really good shots. They had the benefit of having three of our lines while the White team had two of our lines. Whether it made a difference is hard to say."

Kevin Porter made it 2-1 White with just over five minutes left in the first. Crashing the left post as fellow senior Chad Kolarik carried across the blue line, Porter redirected the Kolarik pass past DeMars for the White's final lead of the game.

Turnbull tied it 2-2 with 28 seconds left in the period by swatting the rebound of a Louie Caporusso shot out of midair and into the net for his first of three goals.

His second goal of the contest, a quick snap shot from the bottom corner of the right circle, put the Blue team on top for good 3:56 into the second period.

Turnbull then played a critical role in extending the lead as he found Carl Hagelin for his first goal as a Wolverine to make it 4-2 as the middle point of the period approached. Anthony Ciraulo made it 5-2 less than a minute later.

Kevin Porter made it 5-3 with his second goal of the contest at 14:50 of the period, this one on a laser from the left circle that found the inside of the right post and into the net, but it was all the White team would get as Turnbull added one in the third to salt away the 6-3 win.

Michigan returns to the ice tomorrow night against Western Ontario to drop the puck in the final exhibition before taking on No. 2 Boston College in the opener of the Ice Breaker Tournament next Friday afternoon in Minneapolis.

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