MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team gave up an early goal to the Ferris State University Bulldogs on Friday night at the Berry Events Center, but scored three unanswered goals to snapped its seven-game skid. NMU took the game by a 4-1 count. The ‘Cats scored three of its four goals on the night with the extra attacker.
With the win the Wildcats tasted victory for the first time since the 7-2 win over Western Michigan on Nov. 17. After tonight’s win the ‘Cats are now 8-12-2 overall and 5-9-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Bulldogs fall to 4-13-3 and 2-10-2 respectively. “Right now I am just happy we broke a seven-game losing streak. Wins have been few and far between,” Walt Kyle said. “To me there were some really good things tonight.”
FSU got on the board first with a goal a little over a minute into the game by Cody Chupp (1:06). A little less than four minutes later, Darin Olver scored his seventh goal of the season to tie the game (4:55). His goal was on the power play. Matt Maunu picked up the first of his three assists on the night. “This was a big game for us,” Maunu said.
Nick Sirota scored the game-winning goal, on the power play, off of a rebound at 16:14 of the second period (2-1). The goal was his seventh of the season. Andrew Sarauer and Maunu assisted.
Pat Bateman scored the third power-play goal of the night at 2:04 of the third period. The ‘Cats were now up 3-1. For Bateman it was his fourth goal of the season. “It is a pretty big weight to get off our back. We knew we could compete,” Bateman said. Sarauer and Maunu assisted again. Zach Tarkir scored the lone even-strength goal of the night for the ‘Cats at 12:21 for his third of the season. Alan Dorich and Sirota assisted.
Bill Zaniboni had 19 saves on the night for NMU. Mitch O’Keefe, for FSU, turned away 17 shots. Shots were almost even as the ‘Cats registered one more than the Bulldogs (21-20). NMU was 3-6 on the power play while FSU was 0-4. The ‘Cats did not take a penalty in the third period.
The teams will face each other tomorrow night at the Berry Events Center (Jan. 6) at 8:05 p.m. College Sports Television (CSTV) is televising the game.
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