OMAHA, Neb. -- Senior captain Kevin Porter scored three times, including twice in the pivotal third period, as the No. 3-ranked Michigan ice hockey team extended its win streak to five games with a come from behind 6-3 win over the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at the Quest Center in Omaha, Neb., on Friday night.
Porter, who now leads the Wolverines with seven markers in seven games, scored Michigan's first two goals of the contest, both while skating with the man advantage, and provided the Wolverines with breathing room completing the hat trick with the Wolverines fifth goal with just over six minutes left in the final period.
After Porter put Michigan on top 1-0 through the first period, the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks battled back to take a one goal lead into the third period.
Bill Bagron's power-play goal 7:24 into the second period tied the game 1-1, and shortly after the Mavericks took their only lead of the game.
Bagron beat Michigan goalie Billy Sauer, who turned aside 25 Nebraska-Omaha shots, with a wrist shot after his initial pass was off a teammates skates and came right back to Bagron's waiting stick.
Nebraska-Omaha's next goal, with six minutes left on the clock in the second period, again came on special teams. After Sauer's initial save on a Joey Martin shot, Rich Purslow fired the puck past Sauer on the near post to make it 2-1.
Nebraska-Omaha out shot the Wolverines 15-7 in the second period.
In the third period the Wolverines offense got on track. Just 25 seconds in, Porter's second goal tied the game 2-2. At the point on the power play, Porter fired the puck at Nebraska-Omaha goalie Jeremie Dupont. The puck caromed off Dupont's glove and into the Nebraska-Omaha net.
Chad Kolarik put Michigan on top 3-2 with a breakaway goal just three minutes later, but UNO's second power-play goal of the game, this one on a screen shot from the top of the circles by defenseman Alain Goulet.
Michigan defenseman Steven Kampfer scored the game-winner three minutes later. Digging the puck out of the corner of the Mavericks zone, Kampfer threw the puck at the net from near the goal line, and Dupont, who was cheating off his post found the puck deflecting off him and into the net.
Porter then added his third goal after slicing through the Nebraska-Omaha defense and snapping a shot into the net. The scoring came to a close with Brian Lebler's empty net goal.
No. 3 Michigan improves to 3-0-0 in CCHA play and 6-1-0 on the season. Game two of the weekend series is scheduled for 8:05 on Saturday night.
Wolverines Overcome 2-1 Deficit; Win 6-3
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