Hockey Sweeps Western; Now 20-2-0

No. 1 Michigan finished a weekend sweep of the Western Michigan Broncos with a dominating 5-1 win on Saturday night at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. Chad Kolarik scored four goals for the Wolverines and Kevin Quick added his second goal of the weekend in the 5-1 win. Michigan now sits at 20-2-0 on the season.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The No. 1-ranked Michigan hockey team finished a weekend sweep with a dominating 5-1 win over the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday night at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.

After finishing Friday nights win with a goal and two assists, Chad Kolarik scored four times on Saturday night, three coming from line mate Kevin Porter, in a game that Michigan blew open in the first 20 minutes of play.

"I got the breaks tonight. A few of those goals were pretty bad," Kolarik said, "but the last one was a real nice play by (Brandon) Naurato and (Kevin) Porter -- a nice power-play goal. The first three were rebounds and bad plays off of the face-off. I got lucky tonight."

Just 30 seconds in, Kolarik got his first "lucky" goal of the night. On a shot from defenseman Chris Summers, Kolarik corralled the rebound and slipped it behind Western Michigan goalie Riley Gill to give Michigan the 1-0 advantage.

"Laughing, I told Tim Miller, 'don't worry about who's on their team just score a goal on the first shift," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "It hurt the fans and it hurts the home team, obviously. But then it was a game -- it was anyone's game. Our power play was a factor in the game and the penalty killing. Our goalkeeper definitely was a factor. I can't tell you we had a terrific game, but for a game on the road if you can take a two-goal lead in the first period then that's important."

His second goal came just under 11 minutes later. Skating with the man advantage, Kolarik grabbed a puck that appeared to be going wide of the net and jammed it in to make it 2-0 Michigan.

In the final five minutes of the period, both teams would exchange power-play goals. Michigan's coming from defenseman Kevin Quick, his second goal in as many nights.

Kolarik completed the hat trick 3:17 into the second period. Taking a face-off inside the Broncos zone, Kolarik, taking the offensive zone draw, choose to fire the puck straight at the Broncos net, and goalie Riley Gill was unprepared as the puck caromed off his glove and into the net.

His fourth and final goal came at 12:58 of the third period, his second power-play goal of the game. Kolarik positioned himself off the left post and Brandon Naurato found him from the opposite side of the ice to create the easy scoring chance.

"He could have had six. You can see how a player can get six goals in a game because he was on fire this weekend right from the get-go," Berenson said. "I think scoring that first one really got him into it. Let's face it, Chad Kolarik is having a career season and good for him. To score like that on the road, that's what it takes."

Michigan next returns to the the ice on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena to take on the No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Face-off on Friday night is scheduled for 8:05 p.m.

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