Caporusso's Hat Trick Gives Michigan Sweep of LSSU

March 6, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Event: CCHA Tournament First Round
Score: Michigan 6, Lake Superior State 0
Records: U-M (21-17-1), Lake Superior State (15-18-5)
Attendance: 6,009
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 12 -- at Michigan State - CCHA Tournament Quarterfinal Round - Game 1 (East Lansing, Mich.), 7:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team swept Lake Superior State with a 6-0 win on Saturday (March 6) at Yost Ice Arena. With the victory, U-M advances to the CCHA Tournament's quarterfinal round.

A hat trick from junior center Louie Caporusso (Woodbridge, Ontario) and two second-period goals from junior left wing Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden) provided most of the offense in the 6-0 triumph. In his third straight start, junior netminder Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) turned away 28 shots to earn his first career shutout. The Wolverines finished the game with a 46-28 shot advantage.

Caporusso's first goal of the night put the Wolverines up first 6:37 into the opening frame on an unassisted, wrap-around goal during four-on-four play. The center won the draw in the left faceoff circle and carried the puck forward before fanning on a shot outside the crease. He continued with the puck, wrapping around the net and sneaking the puck into the cage before LSSU goalkeeper Brian Mahoney-Wilson had a chance to slide over to the left side of the crease.

Freshman left wing Jeff Rohrkemper (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) scored his first career goal to give Michigan a 2-0 advantage with six minutes remaining in the first period. Junior defenseman Chad Langlais (Spokane, Wash.) carried the puck into the LSSU zone and tried to get a shot off from the top of the left faceoff circle, but the puck was deflected by a defender to Rohrkemper rushing up the slot. Rohrkemper teed off the shot, sending the puck into the upper right corner of the cage to pot his first point wearing the Maize and Blue.

Caporusso earned his 10th career multi-goal game and third of the season to put the Wolverines up 3-0 just 1:33 after Rohrkemper's marker. He threw the puck on the net backhanded as he muscled past a LSSU defender in the right faceoff circle. Caporusso's shot went off an LSSU defenseman's stick and then the player's knee, pushing the puck under the Lakers' goalie as the defenseman fell into him. After a lengthy review, the referees determined that the puck did cross the line before the net was knocked off its moorings.

It took Caporusso only 46 seconds after the opening faceoff of the middle frame to net his first career hat trick at Yost and his third overall. The hats rained down at Yost Ice Arena after Caporusso ripped a shot from above the inner right hash marks of the right faceoff circle. The puck rocketed into the upper left of the cage, pushing Michigan's lead to four.

After a U-M pass was broken up, senior defenseman Steve Kampfer (Jackson, Mich.) kept the puck in the LSSU zone just inside the blue line. He brought the puck up to the goal line along the left boards before centering a pass toward Hagelin. The puck appeared to go off an LSSU defenseman's stick and went above the goalie with Hagelin batting the puck in to ensure the goal and a 5-0 lead with 5:42 left in the second period.

Two minutes and 31 seconds later, Hagelin recorded his second goal of the evening to match a single-season career high on a wraparound of his own, squeezing the puck underneath the right leg of the LSSU goaltender. The play started when Hagelin swatted the puck to the back boards where junior center Matt Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) battled for the puck. Hagelin picked up the loose puck from behind the net before wrapping the puck around for the marker, padding U-M's advantage to six.

The Wolverines were kept off the board in the third period despite getting 12 shots on goal. Hunwick stood tall in net to earn his first career shutout.

The Wolverines will continue into the quarterfinal round of the CCHA Tournament on the road next Friday (March 12) against Michigan State. The best-of-three series will be played in East Lansing, Mich., Friday through Sunday (March 12-14) with all three games starting at 7:05 p.m. Comcast will televised Friday and Saturday.

Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423

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