MARQUETTE, Mich. - Two third-period goals looked like the winning combination for the Northern Michigan University hockey team on Saturday night against the University of Michigan. But it was not in the cards for the Wildcats as the Wolverines scored a short-handed unassisted goal with 22 seconds left in the game to win by a score of 4-3. NMU is still winless in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) at 0-2-0 and fall to 1-3-0 overall. UM improves to 3-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the conference.
UM struck first with a power-play goal by Mark Milera at 10:00 of the opening frame. Jared Brown answered for NMU with a power-play marker at 16:16. Erik Gustafsson and Gregor Hanson assisted on the goal. For Gustafsson it was his first collegiate point..
Kevin Porter scored a power-play goal for UM at 13:08 of the second period to give the Maize and Blue the 2-1 lead. Phil Fox would score the first of his two goals on the night at 3:11 to tie the game at two-all. Nathan Sigmund and Nick Sirota assisted on the goal.
UM took the 3-2 lead when Ben Winnett scored at 15:22 of the third period. With the goaltender pulled, Fox tied the game at three with the extra attacker at 19:19. Matt Siddall and Sirota assisted. It looked like overtime, but UM had other ideas and scored the game-winner by Chad Kolarik.
Both sides had two power-play goals on the night. NMU had eight opportunities while UM had five. The ‘Cats had a slight edge on shots at 21-19.
Derek Janzen started the game in goal and lasted about 55 minutes and registered 15 saves. Brian Stewart who played four minutes picked up the loss as he let in the game-winning goal.
NMU will be on the road next weekend (Oct. 26-27) as the team will face Michigan State in East Lansing.
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