OMAHA, Neb. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team ventured out for a three-game road swing this week as the road took the team to Duluth, Minn. for a single game on Wednesday before arriving in Omaha, Neb. for a weekend set against the Mavericks. NMU will come back to Marquette 0-3 on the road swing. Saturday night the Mavericks took care of the ‘Cats 6-1.
The loss leaves the Wildcats at 11-17-2 overall on the season and 8-13-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). UNO improves to 13-11-6 and 10-8-2 respectively.
For the second night in a row NMU struck first. Tonight it was Ray Kaunisto who scored his second goal of the season at 8:54 of the first period. Matt Butcher and Matt Siddall assisted. After the first 20 minutes of play the ‘Cats held a 1-0 lead.
For the next 40 minutes it was all Mavericks. In the second period, UNO added three even-strength goals to take a 3-1 lead after two periods of play. Goals were scored by Brandon Scero at 5:22, Dan Knapp at 7:43 and Scott Parse at 12:05.
UNO took at 5-1 lead thanks to two short-handed goals in the third period. Dan Swanson scored the first short-handed marker just six seconds into the period. Parse added his second goal of the night, which was short-handed, at 3:53. UNO’s third goal of the period was on the power play by Mick Lawrence at 13:05.
NMU was on the short end of the shot count (39-22). The third period saw the Mavericks with a 15-4 advantage in shots. For the third game in row the ‘Cats failed to score a power-play goal. Tonight NMU was 0-8 while UNO was 1-9.
Brian Stewart received the nod tonight and had 33 saves. He is now 1-2-0 on the season. Jeremie Dupont backstopped the Mavericks with 21 saves for the win.
NMU will go home-and-home next week against Lake Superior. Friday’s action (Feb. 2) on the ice will be at the Berry Events Center. Saturday (Feb. 3) will shift to Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
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