No. 1 Michigan Completes Sweep of No. 8 ND

No. 1 Michigan completed a weekend sweep of the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a 5-1 win over the Irish on Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan goal scorers were Chad Kolarik, Kevin Porter, Louie Caporusso, Matt Rust and Travis Turnbull. Goalie Billy Sauer made 32 saves for the Wolverines.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- There's a new team atop the record books at Yost Ice Arena.

Behind No. 1-ranked Michigan's 5-1 win over the No. 8 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills, the 2007-08 Michigan ice hockey team is now the winningest Michigan hockey team through 24 games of the season.

The second game of a weekend sweep, the Wolverines went a different route to a Michigan victory on Saturday night. Falling behind 2-0 quickly in the series opener on Friday, it was Michigan that went up 1-0 just over five minutes into the contest.

Senior Chad Kolarik, while the Wolverines were skating shorthanded early on, carried the puck across the Irish blue line and rocketed the puck at Notre Dame goalie Brad Phillips. Phillips easily blocked the puck, but as the puck fell to the ice, Phillips lost site of the rubber as it trickled through his legs and over the goal line to give Michigan a 1-0 lead.

"Chad Kolarik's goal was huge, especially on the penalty kill. The ice was pretty bad tonight so coach was just telling us to just inside the blue line and get shots on net and maybe a couple would bounce in and that's what happened. Chad got a lucky goal and it was a big one for us," said Michigan captain Kevin Porter, who later scored the Wolverines second goal.

Notre Dame answered with the equalizer at 14:38 of the period. Unable to clear the puck out of the Michigan zone, Dan Kissel took the puck from Michigan defenseman Kevin Quick behind the Michigan goal. Kissel fired the puck back out in front of the net to Ben Ryan, and Ryan snapped the puck top shelf over Michigan goalie Billy Sauer's glove for Notre Dame's lone goal of the contest.

The goal came after a Notre Dame goal was negated just one minute earlier. Irish skater Justin White had his goal waved off at 13:38 when he kicked the puck into the Michigan net.

Captain Kevin Porter put Michigan on top for good with 2:06 left in the opening period. After a face-off deep in the Irish zone, Tim Miller controlled a loose puck in the right corner for the Wolverines. Porter's counterpart fell to the ice allowing the NCAA's leading goal scorer to crash the near post, and Miller found him with the puck. Porter quickly fired the puck into the lower left corner of the net to make it 2-1 Michigan.

"Chad (Kolarik) and Kevin (Porter) both had big weekends last weekend, but I didn't make it onto the scoresheet. I'm not worried about that, I just care about if we win or not. If those guys are making plays and scoring goals then that's all I need," said Tim Miller, who was credited with two assists on the night.

Over the second 20 minutes the Wolverines pulled away. Louie Caporusso scored his second goal of the weekend 4:56 into the second. Caporusso fired the puck past Phillips who was screened on the play.

Matt Rust scored his ninth goal of the season for the Wolverines with nearly five minutes left in the period. Rust took a feed from Carl Hagelin and ripped a laser past Phillips to end the night of the Irish freshman goalie.

Notre Dame would threaten to make it 4-2 early in the third, but Michigan goalie Billy Sauer held his ground as the Wolverines added an empty net goal with three minutes left to conclude the scoring in a 5-1 Michigan win.

Michigan improves to 22-2-0 on the season with the win. No. 1 Michigan returns to the ice at Yost Ice Arena on Friday night to battle the Michigan State Spartans for the first time of the season.

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