By Tom Balog/LSSU Beat Writer
The Lake Superior State Lakers (4-4-0, 1-3-0 CCHA) saw their losing streak stretch to three-games as the No. 5-ranked Michigan Wolverines came in to Taffy Abel and won two straight contests.
Friday’s opener wasn’t much of a contest as the Maize and Blue dominated in a 5-1 victory.
Scooter Vaughn, Carl Hagelin, Louie Caporusso, and Matt Rust all scored to give the Wolverines an insurmountable 4-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Senior Brad Cooper (pictured) finally got the Lakers on the board at 2:42 of the third period when he pounded in a puck from the side of the goal. Cooper’s 5-on-3 power-play goal was his third of the season.
Luke Glendening added his first of the season late in the third to seal Michigan’s third win in four games.
Brian Mahoney-Wilson stopped 27 shots for LSSU and Bryan Hogan turned away 24 for U of M.
Saturday’s game started much closer before the Wolverines pulled away for a 6-3 win.
"It was a completely different game [from last night], obviously”, said Michigan head coach Red Berenson. “They were all over us the first period and we knew they'd come out hard. They had us on our heels and I thought Hogan kept us in the game in the first period. Fortunately, we got the goals back that they scored and we kept the game on an even keel.”
The two squads traded goals in the first, starting with LSSU’s leading scorer Chad Nehring scoring his fifth goal of the season just 1:52 into the game.
Michigan (4-2-0, 2-0-0 CCHA) countered with a Ben Winnett breakaway goal just 18 seconds later to tie the score at 1.
Fred Cassini posted the Lakers back to a one-goal lead at 5:41 with his second of the campaign.
That was the last lead the Lakers would enjoy as the Wolverines blitzed the Lakers with four straight goals by Chris Brown at 13:38 of the first, Rust at 18:32 of the first, Brown’s second on the power play at 13:42 of the third, and then Tristin Llewellyn's first of the season into an empty net at 17:53 of the third period.
Will Acton cut the Wolverines lead to 5-3 with an unassisted goal with 1:01 left on the clock.
Winnett added his second of the game at 19:50 to cap the win for Michigan.
Mahoney-Wilson stopped 30 shots for LSSU and Hogan turned away a season-best 35 blasts for Michigan.
LSSU will now begin a four-game road trip beginning with a pair of games against the Western Michigan Broncos in Kalamazoo next weekend.
Michigan will return to Yost to begin a showdown with top-ranked Miami on Nov. 6-7.
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