Wolverines Strike First

No. 2 Michigan used a four-goal first period outburst to down the No. 1 Miami RedHawks by the score of 4-2 on Friday night at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. Michigan got goals from Louie Caporusso, Aaron Palushaj, Kevin Porter and Max Pacioretty. Game two of the weekend series is scheduled for Saturday night at 7:35.

OXFORD, Ohio -- For the No. 2-ranked Michigan Wolverines, the puck went in early and often against the No. 1-ranked Miami University RedHawks to catapult the Maize and Blue past the RedHawks by the score of 4-2 on Friday night at Steve Cady Arena.

Michigan goals came at 9:08, 12:18, 12:55 and 14:56 of the first period. All four goals were scored by four different scorers as the Wolverines opened up an insurmountable lead against a goalie that entered the weekend series with the top goals against average in the nation. Louie Caporusso, Aaron Palushaj, Kevin Porter and Max Pacioretty were the goal scorers for Michigan, who now takes aim at a series sweep of the No. 1-ranked team tomorrow night at 7:35 p.m.

Despite the 4-0 Michigan lead through 20 minutes, it was the RedHawks with the first scoring chance of the game just seconds after the opening whistle. With a loose puck in the Michigan slot, Michigan goalie Billy Sauer, who finished as the first star of the game with 18 saves, stacked the pads against the post and held firm to keep the score 0-0.

Louie Caporusso opened the scoring at 9:08 of the first period. Skating with the puck in the RedHawks zone, Caporusso crashed the net on a Travis Turnbull shot. Miami goalie Jeff Zatkoff tipped the puck up into the air, but Caporusso swatted it in to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

Just over three minutes later, Palushaj made it 2-0, this time on a breakdown by the Miami defense. Michigan winger Carl Hagelin cycled the puck out around the top of the circle, and his backhand pass found Palushaj unmarked in front of the net. He buried the puck to make it 2-0 Michigan.

Porter scored the eventual game-winning goal just 37 seconds later on a breakaway. Chad Kolarik set up the goal with a blocked shot in the defensive end and a breakout pass to spring Porter up the center of the ice.

Max Pacioretty scored on the power play to give Michigan its final goal of the contest. With 4:04 left in the first, Pacioretty back-handed a feed from Palushaj into the net.

Neither team would score again until Miami scored a pair of power-play goals in the final period. Michigan held an edge in shots at 22-8 after the second period.

Ryan Jones scored a power-play goal for Miami with 14:19 left in the game. Jones crashed the left post and tipped a rebound in before Sauer could find the loose puck.

Jarod Palmer scored the final goal of the game with 6:58 left on the clock.

Michigan registered just two shots on goal in the final period. Michigan was assessed 35 penalty minutes in the final frame and skated most of the period shorthanded.

No. 2 Michigan and No. 1 Miami resume their two-game series at 7:35 p.m. tomorrow night. Fox Sports Detroit will provide television coverage of the weekend finale.

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