Icers Beat Boston U. 4-2

In the home opener for the No. 3-ranked Michigan Wolverines, goalie Billy Sauer turned aside 30 shots while freshman center Matt Rust added a pair of goals in a 4-2 Michigan win over the Boston Terriers on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.

ANN ARBOR -- Goalie Billy Sauer turned aside 30 Boston U. (0-3-1, 0-1-0) shots and center Matt Rust scored a pair of Michigan goals over the final 40 minutes as the No. 3-ranked U-M (4-1-0, 2-0-0) ice hockey team skated to a 4-2 win over the Terriers on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.

Sauer turned away 27 shots through two periods, including 12 in the pivotal second period, as the junior goalie lowered his goals against average to 2.60 on the young season.

"Billy (Sauer) kept us in the game. If Billy hadn't had a much better than average game, then we wouldn't be talking about a victory," Michigan coach Red Berenson said following the win. "The whole game would have taken a different direction. He was the difference."

Michigan went on top 1-0 at 12:06 of the second period. After coming up short on their second power play opportunity of the game minutes earlier, Rust got Michigan on the board with a breakaway goal that beat Boston goalie Brett Bennett between the sophomore net minders legs.

"I just picked the puck up and tried to beat the defenseman and get ahead of him enough so I would be able to take my time with the shot," Rust, who now has four goals on the season, said. "I had my head down for the first half and then I picked my head up and saw that there was a pretty big hole in the five-hole, and I went with it."

Fellow freshman Aaron Palushaj made it 2-0 just 1:02 later. Forcing a turnover deep inside the BU zone, junior Brandon Naurato sent the puck to captain Kevin Porter. Porter fired the puck to Palushaj waiting between the circles. Palushaj fired the puck into the top right corner of the net for his first collegiate goal to double the U-M lead.

Michigan trimmed Boston's edge in shots to 27-19 through the second period of play.

"We had a couple of isolated scoring chances, but really they carried the play and we knew they would -- that's the kind of team they are," Berenson continued. "They're a hardworking, physical team that comes at you, and they did, and we just couldn't solve it early in the game. We got better as the game went on and we started to play better and it became a different game. We're happy with the win. I can't say we're happy with the way we played."

Boston finally beat Sauer 2:47 into the final frame. Skating with the man advantage, Jason Lawrence took the puck in the slot with his back to the Michigan goal. With a defender draped on top of him, Lawrence backhanded the puck towards the far post and beat a screened Billy Sauer to make it 2-1.

As the Wolverines did in Marquette, Mich., last weekend, however, the Wolverines answered. On a power play of their own, Rust reestablished the two goal Michigan lead with a redirection of Mark Mitera's shot with 12 minutes left on the clock.

BU would add one more goal, but captain Kevin Porter added an insurance goal off the stick of Terrier Colby Cohen with just 6:18 left on the clock in the 4-2 win.

"I came back and tried to pick up the defenseman and (Mark) Mitera made a good play. The defense lost it at the blue line and (Max) Pacioretty chipped it up. I thought it was going to be a one-on-one but their defense was a little slow-footed and I tried getting around him, and he tripped me up a bit. Then I tried getting the puck on net. I don't know what happened after that. I think the puck just popped up in the air. So it was kind of a lucky goal, but I've had a few of those this year."

Game two of the weekend series is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena. Comcast Local will have coverage of the game as the Wolverines take aim at their second straight sweep.

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