ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For the first time in five years and the first for a Walt Kyle coached team the Northern Michigan University hockey team will not be advancing to Joe Louis Arena for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Tournament. The Wildcats were defeated by the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena by a score of 8-3 to sweep the playoff series.
NMU ends the season at 15-24-2 while UM moves on with a 25-12-1 record.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by T.J. Hensick (3:12) and Jack Johnson (8:21). Pat Bateman, playing in his final game as a ‘Cat, scored his seventh goal of the season on the power play at 12:39 to cut into UM’s lead (2-1). Darin Olver and Zach Tarkir playing in their final game in a NMU uniform assisted on the goal.
The Wolverines added two more goals in the period to take a 4-1 lead into the first intermission. Andrew Cogliano (13:59) and Kevin Porter (18:04) turned on the light for UM.
At the 2:33 mark of the second period Mike Santorelli scored his 30th goal of the season on the power play to make the score 4-2. Assisting on the goal were Tim Hartung and Bill Zaniboni. For Zaniboni it was the senior goaltender’s first assist of the season. UM added three more goals in the period to take a commanding 7-2 lead. Scoring for the Wolverines were Hensick (8:05), Chad Kolarik (15:10) on the power play and Cogliano (19:37).
The third period saw the team’s trade goals. Ray Kaunisto scored a power-play goal at 4:15 to make the count 7-3. Tim Hartung and Rob Lehtinen playing in his final NMU game assisted on the goal. Hensick scoring his third goal of the night at 14:33 had the final score.
Zaniboni began the game in goal for the ‘Cats and lasted for a little over 28 minutes. He ended the contest with nine saves. Brian Stewart came in relief and registered almost 32 minutes between the pipes. He had 10 saves. Billy Sauer picked up the win for the Wolverines with 14 saves.
NMU was 3-5 on the power play while UM was 1-7. The Wolverines had 27 shots for the game while the ‘Cats had 19.
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