Porter Scores Twice in 3-1 Michigan Win

No. 6 Michigan rallied from a 1-0 deficit after the first period on Friday night as the Maize and Blue opened CCHA play with a come from behind 3-1 win over the Northern Michigan Wildcats at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich., on Friday night.

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Senior captain Kevin Porter scored his first two goals of the season for No. 6-ranked Michigan (2-1-0, 1-0-0) as the Wolverines rallied from an early 1-0 hole to defeat the Northern Michigan Wildcats (1-2-0, 0-1-0) 3-1 in the Maize and Blue's conference opener at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich., on Friday night.

Porter, who tallied just one assist in the Wolverines opening weekend in Minneapolis, scored on a two-man advantage with under two minutes left in the second period, and again on the power play near the middle point of the third period.

"Both of them it was right place at the right time. The first one, Chad Kolarik tried stuffing it in and then slid it over," Porter said. "It was kind of bobbling a bit and I was just standing there so that was a bit lucky. On the last one, Chad had a great shot. It rang off the cross bar and was lying there again, so both were pretty lucky."

Porter's second goal, the eventual game-winner, came with 9:30 left on the clock in the third period. Again skating with the power play, senior Chad Kolarik launched a shot at Brian Stewart and the Wildcats net. His shot ricocheted off the crossbar to Kevin Porter in the right circle. Porter corralled the puck and fired it into the net for the go-ahead score.

"In the third period I thought we played our best hockey," head coach Red Berenson said. "We really played hard. We killed a penalty we needed to kill. I thought we carried the play, especially the last half of the period. Our best period might have been our third period."

Porter's first goal of the night came just off the right post. After Kolarik threw the puck towards the net from the left corner, Porter beat Stewart to tie the game.

Freshman Carl Hagelin added an insurance goal with 3:44 left on the clock to seal the win.

Northern Michigan took a 1-0 lead with under five minutes left in the first period after an intercepted breakout pass inside the Michigan blue line. Matt Butcher took the puck and found Nick Sirota camped in front of Michigan goalie Billy Sauer for the Wildcats lone goal.

Sauer recorded 13 saves on 14 shots in goal for the Wolverines. Michigan held the Wildcats to an 0-for-5 performance with the man advantage. Michigan is yet to yield a power-play goal in 12 penalty kill situations.

Game two of the weekend series is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. on Saturday night.

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