#1 Icers Complete Fifth Straight Sweep

The No. 1-ranked Michigan Wolverines completed their fifth straight weekend sweep with a 6-2 win over the Lake Superior State Lakers on Saturday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Captain Kevin Porter added his NCAA-leading 12th and 13th goal of the season while Billy Sauer recorded 34 saves.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The No. 1-ranked Michigan ice hockey team pushed its win streak to 10 games with a 6-2 win over Lake Superior State on Saturday night at Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Captain Kevin Porter added a pair of goals and an assist while Michigan goalie Billy Sauer earned second-star honors turning aside 34-of-36 Lakers shots.

Porter opened the scoring under three minutes into the contest. Right wing Chad Kolarik found Porter streaking in alone on the left hand side of the ice. Taking Kolarik's pass, Porter skated in alone and threw a shot off the post past Pat Inglis into the LSSU net.

Like Friday, however, the Lakers battled back to take the lead after the first 20 minutes. Former U-M Icer Zac MacVoy tied the score 1-1 with a redirection in front of the U-M net at 10:44.

Then, with just 2:25 left in the period, John Scrymgeour threw a rebound just past Sauer to give the Lakers their first and last lead of the hockey game.

Just 2:10 into the second period Travis Turnbull tied the score 2-2 for the Wolverines. Camped in front of the LSSU goal, Turnbull jammed home a feed from freshman Ben Winnett and provided the Maize and Blue with a jump start that landed the rest of the game.

Aaron Palushaj's power-play goal just 1:52 later put Michigan on top for good. Palushaj sent a laser from the face-off circle past Inglis.

Brian Lebler scored just 56 seconds later to make it 4-2 and bring LSSU's Brian Mahoney-Wilson.

Anthony Ciraulo added his first goal of the season in the final period, and Kevin Porter added an empty net goal with just under five minutes to play to finish the scoring with the Wolverines on top 6-2.

In the win, the Wolverines held the Lakers scoreless on 10 power play chances. Billy Sauer turned aside 34 of 36 shots and lowered his goals against average to 2.08 on the season.

No. 1 Michigan next returns to the ice for the 15th annual College Hockey Showcase. The Wolverines will open the tournament hosting No. 10 Wisconsin on Friday night before No. 12 Minnesota comes to Yost Ice Arena on Saturday. Both games will be televised by the Big 10 Network.

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