Michigan finally put together the winning weekend they had been looking for, dominating Lake Superior State, 7-2, on Friday night and then playing just well enough Saturday to eke a 3-2 victory and gain the home sweep over the Lakers.
Seven different players scored for Michigan in the series opener, chasing Lake Superior freshman goaltender Kevin Kapalka to the bench after just one period. Kapalka was started by Laker head coach Jim Roque after posting back-to-back shutouts the previous weekend.
The Friday win was key for the Wolverines, who had dropped their four previous Friday night contests.
Shawn Hunwick provided the goaltending support backing up the offensive outburst.
“It's a big win for him, too” said Michigan head coach Red Berenson of Hunwick. “A lot of the Friday night-Saturday night talk has been centered around goalies and I've tried to diffuse that because I don't think that's been the case.”
Lake Superior probably deserved a better result than they received Saturday night, outplaying the Wolverines for most of the first period, yet only earning a 1-1 tie on the scoreboard.
Kevin Lynch's two goals supplied the offense the Wolverines needed and Louie Caporusso's two assists were indicative of his contribution on the offensive end.
“It was a different game tonight,” said Berenson of Saturday. “We knew that Lake State would come out harder and more focused than the way they finished the game last night.”
“We're good enough,” said a frustrated Roque. “We've just got to find a way to get over the hump, tie the game, get that go-ahead goal.”
Michigan travels to Minnesota and Wisconsin this coming weekend for the final College Hockey Showcase matching Big Ten hockey schools.
Lake Superior treks to Denver to take on the Pioneers and Clarkson in the Denver Cup.