MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team faced the top team in the country on Friday night at the Berry Events Center. After 60 minutes of play the Miami RedHawks came away with a convincing 9-2 win over the Wildcats. NMU is still looking for its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) win of the season. The ‘Cats are 1-6-0 overall on the season and 0-5-0 in the CCHA. Miami is still perfect on the season at 7-0-0 and 5-0-0 respectively.
The RedHawks scored three first-period goals to take control of the game early. Nino Musitelli scored a power-play goal at 10:15. Alexandre Lacombe made the score 2-0 with a goal at 12:09. Ryan Jones then scored his first of four goals on the night at 18:45 which made the score 3-0.
Matt Siddall scored a power-play goal, for his first of the season, at 11:11 of the second period to cut the RedHawks lead to 3-1. Erik Gustafsson assisted on the goal. Jones answered with his second marker of the night on the power play at 13:28 (4-1). Justin Vaive made the score 5-1 with his first goal of the season at 16:51.
The final 20 minutes of the game the RedHawks scored four goals. Jones started the scoring with his third of the night at 3:51 of the period (6-1). Brian Kaufman scored a power-play goal at 7:08 for a 7-1 score. Gregor Hanson got the ‘Cats back on the board with his first collegiate goal at 12:38 (7-2). The goal was unassisted.
Miami would score the final two goals of the contest at 15:02 by Jarod Palmer (8-2) on the power play and then Jones scored his fourth goal of the game at 17:38 (9-2).
Brian Stewart began the game in goal for the ‘Cats. He lasted two full periods and recorded 13 saves. Derek Janzen came in and played the third period and ended the game with eight saves. Charlie Effinger went the distance for the RedHawks and registered 20 saves on the night.
Miami was on the power play nine times in the game and converted four times. The ‘Cats had six power-play opportunities and had one goal with the extra skater. Miami had 30 shots while the ‘Cats had 22.
The two teams will play the second game of the CCHA series on Saturday night (Nov. 3) at 7:35 p.m. in the Berry Events Center.
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