by Matt Mackinder / Michigan Beat Writer
The Michigan Wolverines took care of Boston University last weekend at Yost Ice Arena rather handily.
Freshman Matt Rust scored twice and senior captain Kevin Porter had a goal and an assist to power third-ranked Michigan past Boston University, 4-2, Friday night.
Rust now has four goals in five games this season for the Wolverines.
Freshman Aaron Pulashaj also scored for U-M and classmate Max Pacioretty notched his first career point with an assist on Porter’s goal.
Goaltender Billy Sauer made 30 saves for the Wolverines, including 15 in the first period.
"Billy kept us in the game,” U-M head coach Red Berenson said. “If Billy hadn't had a much better than average game, then we wouldn't be talking about a victory. The whole game would have taken a different direction. He was the difference."
Saturday night, Michigan used a balanced attack to finish a sweep of BU, winning 6-2. Six different players scored for the Wolverines and 14 players recorded at least one point, including Sauer.
Ben Winnett, Pacioretty (first NCAA goal), Louie Caporusso, Travis Turnbull, Chad Kolarik and Carl Hagelin tallied goals for the Wolverines and Sauer finished with 22 saves.
"It is such a relief,” said Pacioretty. “I had a feeling I was going to get it tonight. I had a good feeling in warmups. Everyone kept saying 'give Max the puck' in practice, so I just had a feeling all day that it was going to happen tonight."
"We have to take the weekend with a grain of salt,” Berenson said. “Boston University is a team to contend with in Hockey East. They're going to be in the top two or three in that conference. I thought we got away with a game last night that on another night we could have lost. Then tonight we came back and had a better game. I appreciate BU coming out here and playing in a tough road environment and we will probably do the same next year out there. They're a good team and they hung in there. It was a good game for a long time; it was 3-1 going into the third period. One goal, one power play or one bounce and you're back into a one-goal game."
Michigan (5-1-0, 2-0-0 CCHA) will face Nebraska-Omaha on the road this weekend.