Icer's Open Showcase With 3-2 Win

No. 2 Michigan improved to 12-1-0 on the season with a 3-2 win against No. 14 Wisconsin. Jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead over the Badgers, the Wolverines withstood a late UW rally to open the 15th College Hockey Showcase with a win at Yost Ice Arena.

ANN ARBOR -- The Wolverines have struggled in the College Hockey Showcase the last few years. Friday night, No. 2-ranked Michigan got halfway to taking that monkey off its back with a 3-2 win over the No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers at Yost Ice Arena.

Michigan, after jumping out to a 3-0 lead through the first two periods, withstood a furious Wisconsin rally late in the third as the Badgers netted a pair of goals in just 18 seconds to bring the visiting Badgers within 3-2 with 2:30 left in the contest.

"It was a game where the momentum really changed late in the game. I thought the third period wasn't going anywhere, and then we had a couple of shifts where we had three or four point-blank chances and the puck didn't go in. Then we had a couple of penalties, and all of a sudden we're on our heels," said Red Berenson.

Podge Turnbull made it 3-1 with a power-play goal with just 2:50 left in the game. At 17:28 Ben Street made it 3-2 skating in on a breakaway and roofing the puck over Michigan goalie Billy Sauer's glove into the top shelf.

"The puck went in for them, and they got a life. Then they got a second goal, when we made one bad mistake, and it was a new game. We did a lot of good things in the game, but we didn't finish them off in the third period and I can't remember the last time we lost a third period like that."

Chad Kolarik put Michigan on top 1-0 near the middle of the first frame. After Wolverines skater Brian Lebler was shown the locker room early with a five-minute game misconduct, Kolarik capped a five-minute penalty kill with his second shorthanded goal of the season.

"We did a great job penalty killing. We were out-working them and out-hustling them. The (goal) was a lucky play," Kolarik said.

"Their defenseman, I do not know what he was doing -- he was hanging out with their goalie, or something. (Steve) Kampfer just threw (the puck) out, I got off the shot, and we got lucky."

In the second period, the Wolverines extended the lead. With two power-play goal's, the Wolverines appeared to put Friday night's game out of reach.

With 7:24 left in the period, captain Kevin Porter made it 2-0 with his NCAA-leading 14th goal of the season. Porter, pinching in from the point, snapped a one-timer past Wisconsin goalie Shane Connelly.

"I have said all along that with two seniors on the line, we need to be the ones who come out every night and set the tempo. We need to have a good game every night. The other lines might not score every night, but they are working hard and doing the little things. If they are not scoring, then we might have to, so I think we did a great job of that tonight," Porter said.

Max Pacioretty added the Wolverines third goal of the night just two minutes and four seconds later.

Through two periods the Wolverines led 3-0 and held an edge in shots at 23-16.

With the win, the Wolverines improve to 12-1-0 on the new season. Saturday, the No. 2 Wolverines look for redemption as they complete the College Hockey Showcase with a game against No. 15 Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have beaten the Wolverines in six straight meetings, including the lone loss of the Wolverines current season.

Face-off is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

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