Saturday, December 27, 2008

Caporusso's hat trick propels U-M to GLI final

By Anthony Fenech
Free Press Special Writer

Twelve minutes into Saturday’s Great Lakes Invitational opener, the scoreboard at Joe Louis Arena could have read, “Caporusso 3, Michigan Tech 0.”

Michigan sophomore Louie Caporusso opened the scoring three minutes in, didn’t leave the ice until he scored his second and completed his first period natural hat trick on a controversial goal in the Wolverines’ 5-0 victory over Michigan Tech.

“It was probably the most fun period I’ve had in my life,” Caporusso said.

The center’s first two goals came only 19 seconds apart and were assisted by linemate David Wohlberg, whose play Caporusso credited by saying, “He started those first goals.”

Ironically, Wohlberg almost prevented Caporusso’s third goal when he was sent crashing into Huskies goalie Josh Robinson, having to duck in order to avoid the puck, which sailed into the high right corner of the net.

The play was reviewed and upheld, but the nation’s leading goal scorer (17), had doubts while waiting on the bench.

“I thought it was going to get called back,” he said.

“But after [the goal] stood, I said, ‘Hey, it’s my night, I’ll take it.’”

Michigan (12-7) sophomore goalie Bryan Hogan recorded his second shutout of the season, stopping 15 Michigan Tech shots.

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