Icers Open Weekend With 4-2 Win

No. 2 Michigan opened its final weekend before the holiday break with a road trip against No. 18 BGSU. After falling behind 2-1 through 40 minutes, the Maize and Blue rallied with three late goals to overcome the Falcons lead and improve to 15-2-0 on the season. Michigan got a goal a piece from four scorers.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- No. 2 Michigan scored three times in the final five minutes of regulation as the Maize and Blue rallied from a late 2-1 deficit to defeat the No. 18 Bowling Green State Falcons 4-2 on Friday night at the BGSU Ice Arena.

Chris Summers, skating at forward for the first time of the season, scored the game winner for the Wolverines with just 1:23 left on the clock to bolster Michigan's record to 15-2-0, including a 10-1-0 record in conference play.

Captain Kevin Porter opened the scoring, putting Michigan on top 1-0 with just over 30 seconds left in the opening period of the contest. A botched clearing attempt inside their own zone cost the Falcons as Porter took a feed from Pacioretty while crashing the slot for the easy goal to silence the home crowd.

For Porter, who entered the game tied with BGSU Falcon forward Derek Whitmore as the nations leading goal scorer, it was his 17th of the year.

BGSU answered, and even took the lead, by outscoring the Wolverines 2-0 in the second period. Just over the halfway point of the period, forward Dan Sexton scooped up a rebound and deposited it behind Michigan goalie Billy Sauer to tie the game 1-1.

Sauer saw the puck trickle past him as the Wolverines scrambled to get Travis Turnbull out of the penalty box and back onto the ice.

Both teams struggled with power play chances in the final frame. After exchanging turns with the man advantage and still a 2-1 BGSU lead, the Wolverines finally tied it with just under five minutes to play. Freshman Matt Rust redirected the puck past BGSU's Jimmy Spratt and into the net to tie the game 2-2.

Chris Summers would then add the game-winner near four minutes later. Summers deposited the puck into the net after seeing it squirt out of a crowd to create the scoring threat.

BGSU would threaten one more time with a pulled goalie, but it was Chad Kolarik's open net goal with seven seconds left that put the game away.

After finishing 7-0-0 on the road the first half of the season, the Wolverines return to Yost Ice Arena tomorrow night to conclude the weekend series with No. 18 BGSU.

Billy Sauer finished with 27 saves on 29 Falcon shots.

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