MARQUETTE, Mich. – Mike Santorelli scored three points tonight on a goal and two assists to lead the Northern Michigan University Wildcats to a 4-1 win over the visiting Bowling Green State University Falcons for its first sweep of the season. Santorelli became the 46th player in Northern Michigan University hockey history to score 100 career points. Santorelli currently has 53 goals and 47 assists in his NMU career.
The ‘Cats have won three straight games and four of the past six. NMU is currently 11-14-2 overall and 8-11-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Falcons fall to 5-21-1 and 3-16-0 respectively. “We still have to polish up some of the aspects of our game that are critical to winning,” Walt Kyle said. “We took some strides this weekend. Obviously we are happy with that, but we have to move forward now.”
Rob Lehtinen scored the opening marker of the game at 3:59 of the first period for the 1-0 lead. Santorelli and Tim Hartung assisted. Santorelli less than two minutes later at 5:42 gave the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead on a power-play goal for his 22nd of the season. Zach Tarkir and Darin Olver assisted. “It was good to get a sweep,” Santorelli said.
Tarkir gave the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead with his fifth goal of the season at 16:07 of the second period. Alan Dorich assisted on the goal. The Falcons got on the board and cut the lead to 3-1 when Tomas Petruska scored a power-play goal at 8:04 of the third period. Later in the period (18:50), Olver scored an empty-net goal for the final margin on the night. For Olver it was his 11th goal of the season. Pat Bateman and Santorelli assisted. Santorelli currently has 22 goals and 15 assists for 37 points on the season.
Bill Zaniboni backstopped 22 shots on the night. Eddie Neville for the Falcons recorded 17 saves. Each side tonight scored a power-play goal. NMU had six opportunities while BGSU had seven. The Falcons had two more shots than the ‘Cats for the game (23-21).
NMU will have a busy week next week as they have a mid-week contest at UM-Duluth on Wednesday (Jan. 24) before jumping back into CCHA play at Nebraska-Omaha on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 26-27).
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