Danny Fardig and Chad Kolarik scored two goals apiece to lead No. 6 Michigan to a 7-3 victory over Western Michigan last night at Yost Ice Arena.
The Wolverines trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes and 2-0 early in the second period, but Kolarik sandwiched two goals around Fardig's first tally and Brandon Kaleniecki's marker gave Michigan a 4-3 edge going to the second intermission. Kevin Porter and Brandon Naurato also scored for U-M.
"When you are creating chances on offense sometimes it's puck luck and sometimes it's good plays," Michigan head coach Red Berenson said of the play in the second period. "The one scrappy goal in the second period, you can't say that's skill, but Kolarik found that puck and he tapped it in. Brandon Kaleniecki took advantage of a turnover and a loose puck, he and Andrew Ebbett, and buried it from a tough angle. The meat and potatoes of the game was not giving them the next goal."
Fardig (pictured) said his performance was nothing to brag about.
"The first one hit off my skate and the second one I just shot when I was moving my feet," explained Fardig. "I just continued on to the net and a few more could go in. That's how it works out."
“I thought we played our tails off, both teams did,” said WMU coach Jim Culhane. “We handed the beginning of the game well, but missed opportunities down the line. It took Michigan a little while to get going; they’re a good team, though.”
Jeff LoVecchio, Brian Bicek and Reid Yantzi scored for WMU, who got 37 saves from goalie Daniel Bellissimo.
Billy Sauer stopped 17 shots for Michigan (15-9-3, 10-6-3 CCHA).
Michigan hosts Ohio State for a pair this weekend. The Broncos (6-17-4, 6-12-3 CCHA) play a home-and-home with Ferris State beginning Friday night at Lawson Ice Arena.