Wolverines Bombard Broncos 6-1

No. 1 Michigan improved to 19-2-0 on the season with a 6-1 win over the Western Michigan Broncos on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan got six goals from six skaters. Kevin Porter notched a goal and two assists. Billy Sauer recorded 21 saves in goal as the Wolverines coasted. New U-M coach Rich Rodriguez was in attendance for the win.

ANN ARBOR -- New Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez wants to be right where Red Berenson's Wolverines are, sitting on top of the polls. Friday night in Ann Arbor, Rodriguez was in attendance as the top-ranked Wolverines skated to a dominating 6-1 win over the Western Michigan Broncos at Yost Ice Arena.

It didn't take long for the Wolverines to grab the upper hand. Throwing shot after shot towards Western Michigan goalie Riley Gill in the opening frame, it was only a matter of time before the Wolverines found the net in the first period. At 13:29, while skating with the power play, Kevin Porter did.

Controlling the puck near the Michigan bench, senior Chad Kolarik's breakout pass sprung freshman Max Pacioretty down the side boards. Pacioretty drew the defense to the far side, and Porter crashed the right post for the easy 2-on-1 goal. Pacioretty's pass found Porter's stick right on the tape for the easy goal into the near side net.

Western Michigan held Michigan off the scoreboard for the remainder of the period, but the Wolverines put the game away early in the second.

Just 36 seconds into the period, Kevin Quick scored his first career goal on a feed from Chad Kolarik. After Porter and Pacioretty dug the puck out of the left corner, Kolarik picked it up and fired it across the blue line to the freshman defenseman. Quick skated between the circles and snapped the puck past Gill to make it 2-0.

"Chad passed me the puck, and it was a great pass," Quick said later. "I wanted to pass first, but then I saw an opening and shot. It's a first career goal and it's nice to get out of the goal, but the team played well tonight."

Travis Turnbull provided the insurance goal exactly one minute later. After center Matt Rust kept the puck in the Broncos zone, Chris Summers skated the puck in behind the left side of the net. As Gill looked over his right shoulder to find the puck, Summers quickly fired it to Turnbull crashing the opposite post. Turnbull roofed it past Riley to make it 3-0 Michigan.

Chad Kolarik added an unassisted goal at 8:10 to make it 4-0 Michigan.

Western Michigan's best scoring chance of the period came at the middle mark of the period. After chipping the puck out of their own end, a Western Michigan skater and Michigan goalie Billy Sauer both raced to the free puck in the Michigan zone. Sauer won the race and pushed the puck out to the side boards, but a trailing Bronco picked it up with a wide open Michigan net. Despite being 15 feet from the goal, Sauer squared towards the shot and got his left pad on the shot as the Michigan defense came to his aid and cleared the zone.

"I like the fact that he's aggressive when there's loose pucks," head coach Red Berenson said. "You don't have time to rethink your decision, you either go or you stay. If he wouldn't have gone they would have had a breakaway. He made the right decision."

The Broncos, however, ended Sauer's bid for a third straight shutout when a shot from Steve Silver redirected off Porter's stick and beat Sauer to the far post.

Hagelin answered with Michigan's fifth goal just over a minute later, and Chris Summers scored his second goal of the game to finish the scoring.

With the 6-1 win, the Wolverines maintain their hold on first place in the CCHA standings. The second game of the weekend home-and-home is scheduled for Saturday night at 8:05 in Kalamazoo, Mich. CSTV will provide television coverage as the Maize and Blue shoot for a 20-2-0 record.

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