Icer's Win Second Straight Game 4-2

No. 1 Michigan got a second straight 4-2 win over the Lake Superior State Lakers on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor to further pad their lead in the CCHA standings with just two weekends to play. Michigan got a pair of goals from Louie Caporusso and a marker from Matt Rust and Travis Turnbull.

ANN ARBOR -- No. 1 Michigan jumped on top of Lake Superior State 2-0 through 20 minutes, and held on late as the top-ranked Wolverines skated to a second straight 4-2 win over the Lakers on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena.

Michigan was led offensively by freshmen Louie Caporusso, who netted a goal in each of the first two periods, and Matt Rust, who scored late in the first to give the Maize and Blue two-goal lead that would ultimately be the difference at the final whistle. Bryan Hogan recorded the win in goal.

"It was a little bit like last night. There was some good hockey in parts and there was some ugly hockey," Michigan coach Red Berenson said following the game.

"I though we took too many penalties, or there were too many penalties called in the game. But any time you have a sweep in a weekend in this league this time of year, you've got to do a lot of things right and you've got to get some breaks. You know these teams are all battling, they're playing playoff hockey, they made it tough on us, their goalie played well, and goals were hard to come by."

Much like last night, the Lakers held the Wolverines off the scoreboard until late in the first period. Last night, with under five minutes left in the opening period, Chad Kolarik put Michigan on top 1-0. Tonight, with 5:16 left in the opening frame, Louie Caporusso scored the first of his two goals to make it 1-0.

Right off the face-off, Caporusso scooped up a loose puck along the right boards, carried it across the blue line and across the front of the net, and snapped the puck into the lower-left side of the net to give Michigan the advantage.

On the next shift, Rust, streaking across the right side of the center stripe, took a feed from Aaron Palushaj and beat the last Lakers defenseman around the outside. Alone with goalie Pat Inglis, Rust quickly snapped the puck through his legs to give U-M its advantage through the first period.

The visiting Lakers trimmed that lead to 2-1 just past the halfway point of the second period. Skating on the power play, Lakers forward, and former Wolverine, Zac MacVoy created space and drew the defense in the left face-off circle. MacVoy then flipped the pass across ice to teammate Dan Eves to tap it in.

After exchanging chances over the final nine-plus minutes, the Wolverines added Caporusso's final goal with just 23 seconds left on the clock in the period. Caporusso hopped on the ice and went straight to the slot where Travis Turnbull's pass found him for the quick one-timer into the back of the net.

The Lakers drew within one goal once more with just more than five minutes left on the clock, but Turnbull added an empty net goal in the final minute to secure the 4-2 Michigan win.

With the win, the No. 1 Wolverines improve to 25-3-4 on the season and move within two wins of clinching the CCHA Regular Season Championship.

The Wolverines next return to the ice next weekend for a two-game series with No. 8 Michigan State. Friday night will be played at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing with the weekend finale moving to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

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