The Michigan Wolverines took four key CCHA points from Nebraska-Omaha at home this weekend with a 6-4 come-from-behind win Friday and a 5-1 victory Saturday.
Friday, Kevin Porter tallied his second career hat trick, while T.J. Hensick (pictured right) chipped in a trio of assists for the second straight game. David Rohlfs tied his career high with two assists and Andrew Cogliano, Jack Johnson and Brian Lebler also scored for U-M (7-3-0, 4-2-0 CCHA).
Billy Sauer turned aside 17 shots for the win in net.
"(Porter) is hot right now," said Wolverines' head coach Red Berenson. "He is playing with one of the best players in college hockey (Hensick). He is making his chances count. He is in the right place at the right time and he is putting the puck where it belongs. Earlier in the year, he was getting those chances that weren't going in, but now they are."
Last night, Brandon Naurato scored twice and Lebler, Rohlfs and Tim Miller added singles for U-M. Sauer stopped 32 and Danny Fardig assisted on both Naurato goals.
"It feels great," said Naurato (pictured left). "Danny Fardig and I were actually talking before the game with a few guys about how, not just our line, but the third line, can contribute too. It seems like the top two lines are doing all the scoring, but whether we are getting points or just having the energy shift to get everyone going is huge for the team because, to go far in the playoffs, you need all four lines going."
"We are the energy line, the guys who grind it out and don't score a lot of goals," added Fardig. "So when we pop one in, it looks pretty good and gets the guys going a little bit. If they are having a rough game, then maybe it will give them a confidence or energy boost."
Michigan travels to Ferris State for a pair next weekend.