ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Goals by Mike Santorelli and Nick Sirota were not enough for the Northern Michigan University hockey team Friday night at Yost Ice Arena. The University of Michigan scored twice in the first period, added two more in the second and a lone goal in the third for the 5-2 win.
The Wildcats now stand at 8-14-2 overall and 5-11-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). UM improves to 15-8-0 and 10-5-0 respectively.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the ‘Cats could get on the board. Brandon Naurato and Anthony Ciraulo tallied markers for the home team at 4:50 and 10:02 respectively in the opening period. Tim Miller at 2:29 and Kevin Porter, with a short-handed goal, at 3:19 of the middle frame gave UM the four-goal lead after 40 minutes of play.
Santorelli scored his team-high 18th goal of the season at 5:01 of the second period to get the ‘Cats a score (4-1). Nathan Sigmund and Darin Olver assisted. Santorelli now has at least one point in 18 of the 24 games played so far this season. UM added a power-play goal by Andrew Cogliano at 5:20 of the third period for a 5-1 lead. Sirota a little over a minute-and-a-half later (7:01) added his own power-play marker for the final score. He now has eight goals on the season. Andrew Sarauer and Pat Bateman assisted.
For the game the ‘Cats had the 35-31 shot advantage. Each side on the night had a power-play goal. NMU had five chances while UM had four.
Bill Zaniboni went the distance for the ‘Cats in front of the net as he had 26 saves. Billy Sauer for the Wolverines turned away 33 shots.
The two teams will skate again tomorrow night (Jan. 13) at Yost Ice Arena.
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