OMAHA, Neb. – Mike Santorelli’s two goals were not enough for the Northern Michigan University hockey team on Friday night at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. The Mavericks scored three unanswered goals in the second period en route for the 5-2 win.
With the loss the Wildcats have now dropped two straight on its current road trip. NMU is now 11-16-2 overall and 8-12-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Nebraska-Omaha improves to 12-11-6 and 9-8-2 respectively.
Santorelli entered the game leading the CCHA and tied in the nation in goals. He gave the ‘Cats the 1-0 lead at 13:07 of the first period with his 24th goal of the season. Rob Lehtinen and Matt Maunu assisted. Santorelli extended his goal streak to seven games, which is a career high.
The second period saw the home team score three goals to take control of the game. Dan Charleston tied the game at one with his ninth of the season at 1:51 on the power play. Dan Swanson gave the Mavericks the lead for good at 4:38 (2-1). Mike Eickman then made the count 3-1 at 5:02.
Charleston scored his second goal of the night on the power play at 5:31 of the third period for a 4-1 lead. Nick Fanto made the score 5-1 at 17:23. Santorelli scored his second of the night and 25th on the season at 18:19. Jacques Lamoureux and TJ Miller assisted.
NMU had five shots in the first period, two in the second and 10 in the third for a total of 17 for the game. UNO on the other side had 12 in the first frame, 16 in the second and six in the third for a total of 34 for the game. NMU was on the power play twice in the game and could not convert. The Mavericks converted on its power play twice in five opportunities.
Bill Zaniboni began between the pipes for the ‘Cats as he had 28 saves. He was replaced about seven minutes into the third period by Brian Stewart as he had one save in almost 13 minutes of play. Jeremie Dupont had 15 saves for the Mavericks.
The ‘Cats will conclude the three-game road swing with the second game of the weekend set against UNO tomorrow night (Jan. 27).
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