Sauer Makes 50 Saves; Blanks Friars

No. 1 Michigan got 50 saves from junior goalie Billy Sauer and six goals from six different skaters as the top-ranked Maize and Blue blanked Providence 6-0 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of the 2007 GLI at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Michigan will face Michigan Tech in the tournament title game at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night.

DETROIT -- Billy Sauer showed no signs of rust. Despite not seeing game action since the Wolverines 4-2 win at BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio, back on December 7, junior goalie Billy Sauer brushed aside 50 shots as the top-ranked Michigan cruised into the GLI title game with a 6-0 win over the Providence Friars Friday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The shots came early and often on the Michigan side of the ice. After Michigan went up 1-0 on Louie Caporusso's goal 1:02 into the game, the Maize and Blue went the final 19 minutes of the period with just two shots on goal. Providence registered 16 shots in the first period, but, in what became the story line for the night, Sauer made 16 saves protecting the Michigan lead until Aaron Palushaj made it 2-0 with 30.6 on the first period clock.

"I think if you watched the game and especially the first period, you saw a really hard forechecking team in Providence. I thought they kept us off balance most of the game. I thought we were really fortunate to score the go-ahead goal," said Michigan coach Red Berenson. "I thought we started playing better in the second period. But still, they were getting 16 shots a period."

Anthony Ciraulo made it 3-0 Michigan 11:03 into the second period. While Michigan skated shorthanded, captain Kevin Porter carried the puck in on the right side to lead the 2-on-1 rush. Porter drew the defense before sending a pass across to Ciraulo who one-timed it into the top corner of the net.

Porter then put the game out of reach at 4-0 with his NCAA-leading 19th goal of the season, this one while Michigan skated with the power play, just over two minutes later. Porter beat Providence goalie Tyler Sims low to the far post on a one-time shot from the top of the right circle.

Ben Winnett added one more Michigan goal before the end of the period. Winnett scooped up the puck at the top of Providence's right circle and quickly snapped the puck into the top corner of the net.

Travis Turnbull ended the scoring when he beat the Friars back up goalie, Chris Mannix, through the five-hole on a laser slap shot 4:10 into the third period.

Louie Caporusso scored the Wolverines first girl by throwing the puck at the net from in the right circle. His centering pass deflected off the skate of a back checking Providence forward and beat Sims to open the scoring.

Michigan will skate for the tournament title against the Michigan Tech Huskies at 7:30 on Saturday night. Michigan Tech advanced to the title game by defeating No. 5 Michigan State 4-1 in the late game on Friday night.

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