Kevin Porter showed everyone in the Times Union Center why he will most likely win the Hobey Baker Award.
Porter scored a regional-record four goals Friday, leading top-seeded Michigan to a 5-1 victory over fourth-seeded Niagara in the second NCAA Hockey tournament semifinal game.
The Wolverines will meet third-seeded Clarkson in Saturday’s championship game at 7 p.m. Clarkson edged second-seeded St. Cloud State, 2-1, in the first semifinal.
Porter scored the Wolverines last four goals, including three in the third period. He scored his first one at 9:35 of the second to make it 2-0. Porter got his next one at 8:55 of the third, and then completed his natural hat trick with a power-play goal at 11:02. Just for good measure, he scored an empty-net goal with 1:28 left.
The previous record of three goals in a regional game has been done 12 times, most recently by North Dakota’s T.J. Oshie against Michigan in last year’s West Regional semifinal.
Porter’s linemates also had a big game. Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists, while Chad Kolarik assisted on all five goals, tying a regional and tournament record.
Michigan outshot Niagara, 39-17.
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