ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For the second time in the past week the Northern Michigan University hockey team is one loss away from ending its season. The Wildcats find themselves down 1-0 after the first game of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Second Round Playoffs to the Michigan Wolverines after dropping a 4-1 decision at Yost Ice Arena on Friday night. The Wolverines tallied three first-period goals to jump start its win.
NMU falls to 15-23-2 on the season while UM is 24-12-1. "We don't want to fall behind early," Walt Kyle said. "They are one of the most talented team's in the league. We have to play better if we are to have success."
Matt Hunwick shot a bullet over the left shoulder of Brian Stewart for a power-play goal at 8:43 of the opening frame. A little over eight minutes later Chris Summers made the count 2-0 (17:24) in favor of the home team. David Rohlfs scored UM’s third goal of the period at 19:13.
Nick Sirota made the score 3-1 with his 10th goal of the season at 1:20 of the second period. Bobby Selden was given the lone assists on the goal. The Wolverines added an empty-net goal by Andrew Cogliano at 19:09 of the third period for the final margin.
Stewart after giving up three goals in the first period settled down as he had 27 saves for the final 40 minutes of the game. He ended the game with 34 total saves. Billy Sauer for the Wolverines had 21 saves.
NMU was 0-1 on the power play while UM was 1-6. UM’s time with the extra skater was 10:22 while NMU’s was less than a minute (00:59). NMU was on the short end of the shot count as the ‘Cats had 22 shots while UM had 38.
NMU’s season will hang in the balance tomorrow night (March 10). A win will extend the series for another day while a loss will end the ‘Cats season. Tomorrow night’s game will televised by Fox Sports Net.
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