MARQUETTE, Mich. – Entering tonight’s game against Ferris State University the Northern Michigan University Wildcats had won the first game of a series three times so far this season. The Wildcats still have not swept a series this season as the Bulldogs took care of NMU with a 5-3 score.
NMU is now 8-13-2 overall and 5-10-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). FSU improves to 5-13-3 and 3-10-2 respectively. “I thought we came out flat,” Walt Kyle said. “Give Ferris the credit they did a good job.”
For the second night in a row the Bulldogs struck first as Aaron Lewicki scored the opening goal of the game at 1:58 of the first period. Mike Santorelli scored a power-play marker at 18:45 to tie the game at one-all for his 16th of the season. Zach Tarkir and Darin Olver assisted.
FSU’s Brendan Connolly scored twice in the second period to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead. His first goal of the period was 58 seconds into the frame and his second was at 5:39. Olver scored a power-play goal for his eighth of the season at 7:34 to cut FSU’s lead to 3-2. Tarkir and Matt Butcher assisted.
The third period saw Eric Vesely score the game-winner for the Bulldogs at 13:25 to give the visiting team the 4-2 lead. Santorelli added his second marker on the night at 18:22 to make the count 4-3. “We had a good game last night,” Santorelli said. “We can’t take things for granted.” Rob Lehtinen and Matt Siddall assisted. FSU added an empty-net goal by Mark Bomersback with 21 seconds left in the game for the final score (5-3).
NMU had 30 shots to 24 for FSU. Both sides scored two power-play goals each as the ‘Cats were 2-6 and the Bulldogs 2-5. The ‘Cats Bill Zaniboni had 19 saves for the game. Derek MacIntyre for FSU had 27 stops.
NMU is on the road next week when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to rake on the University of Michigan Wolverines (Jan. 12-13).
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