By Matt Mackinder / Michigan Beat Writer
Michigan extended their nation-best winning streak to 10 games with a weekend sweep of Lake Superior State up north.
Saturday night, five different players had multi-point nights for Michigan as the Wolverines cruised to a 6-2 win to remain unbeaten in conference play (8-0-0).
Senior captain Kevin Porter continued his strong start with a goal in the first period, but the Lakers responded with goals from sophomore forwards Zac MacVoy and John Scrymgeour. Travis Turnbull tied the game for the Wolverines in the second period and Aaron Palushaj scored the game-winner on the power-play just two minutes later.
Michigan sophomore forward Anthony Ciraulo recorded a goal and an assist for his first points of the season.
Max Pacioretty and Brain Lebler also scored for U-M and goaltender Billy Sauer made 34 saves.
Pat Inglis started in goal for LSSU and made nine saves on 13 shots, but was pulled 4:58 into the second period after Lebler’s goal. Brian Mahoney-Wilson mopped up and stopped 16 shots the rest of the way.
Porter scored two goals and added an assist as the Wolverines won 5-1 Friday night.
Laker freshman forward Rick Schofield notched the first period’s lone goal, but the Wolverines responded with three markers in the middle period and a pair in the third. Pacioretty, Palushaj and Turnbull also scored for Michigan.
Sauer made 24 saves and Mahoney-Wilson turned aside 28 for the Lakers.
Michigan was 15-for-15 on the penalty kill last weekend, drawing praise from head coach Red Benenson.
"It starts with your goalie, obviously,” Berenson said. “Billy Sauer was sharp when he had to be sharp. Then our defensemen and our forwards worked hard. To get down five on three we were lucky we escaped. I think twice (Saturday) night we were down five on three. You can't do that. You can't take a penalty when you're killing a penalty."
The Wolverines (11-1-0 overall) return to Ann Arbor to host the 15th annual College Hockey Showcase this Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23-24). No. 10 Wisconsin comes to Yost Ice Arena on Friday for a 7:35 p.m. faceoff. U-M then entertains No. 12 Minnesota on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. in a rematch of the Ice Breaker Invitational championship game from earlier this season when the Golden Gophers handed the Wolverines their only loss to date.
Lake Superior State (2-7-1, 0-4-0 CCHA) plays at Northern Michigan Friday and hosts the Wildcats at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday.