Icers Upset No. 2 BC

The No. 9-ranked Michigan ice hockey team opened the 2007-08 season with a dramatic 4-3 overtime win against second-ranked Boston College at the Excel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minn., earlier this afternoon. Freshman Louie Caporusso netted the game-winner for the Wolverines.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Michigan freshman center Louie Caporusso jammed a loose puck out from under the pads of Boston College goalie rookie goalie John Muse, off an Eagle defenseman and into the net of No. 2-ranked Boston College to propel the No. 9 Wolverines past the Eagles and into the title game of the 2007-08 Ice Breaker tournament behind a hard-fought 4-3 OT win.

"Overtime goals are always ugly goals," Michigan coach Red Berenson commented when meeting with the media after the game. "But we had the puck in their zone and when you can keep the puck in the offensive zone you're going to get some scoring chances."

Michigan went on top 1-0 near the middle point of the first period. After bringing the puck into the Boston College zone, Caporusso dumped the puck to Carl Hagelin between the circles. Hagelin corralled the pass and fired a backhand shot off the right post and into the Eagles net for the Maize and Blue's first goal of the season.

"We each bring a different skill to the ice and it's helped us play well together," Caporusso said. "Carl brings a lot of speed. He's such a hard worker. Turnbull works hard and makes it easy for us to play with. I can be a play-maker and help set up the offense."

Michigan forward Ben Winnett had a chance to extend the Michigan lead to two goals early in the second period. After a neutral zone turnover, Winnett found himself skating in all alone with BC goalie John Muse to create the scoring chance. While deking to the backhand, Winnett lost the puck as it trickled behind the BC net.

Turnbull did extend the lead at the 9:39 mark. With possession of the puck in the Boston College corner, Turnbull wheeled around the left circle and fired a low shot into the right corner of the net to double the lead.

"I had just hit Brock Bradford and he started dropping his shoulder and backing off a little bit," Turnbull said. "I think he might have been injured, but when he backed off he opened a shooting lane for me. I just threw it at the net."

Boston College cut the lead in half with just under five minutes left in the period. Ben Smith netted his first goal of the season after faking the pass in a two-on-one situation and then flipping the puck over the blocker of Michigan goalie Billy Sauer into the near side of the net.

Michigan led 2-1 after 40 minutes and held an edge in shots 18-14.

Danny Fardig opened the third period with the Wolverines third goal of the contest. After Turnbull threw the puck at the Eagles goalie, the puck bounced between the circles to Fardig who quickly spun toward the net and fired the puck past Muse.

Boston College answered with a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes, the first coming on a rebound from between the circles and the second coming when Benn Ferriero out-raced Caporusso to the puck and dumped it behind Sauer to make it 3-3.

Caporusso then added the game-winner for the Wolverines to move Michigan into tomorrow's title game.

"I'm pleased with how we played tonight, but there are things we need to work on going into tomorrow night," Berenson said.

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