November 3, 2007
Hockey 'Cats Come Close
MARQUETTE, Mich. – After 40 minutes of play on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center it looked as if the Northern Michigan University hockey team might win its first conference game of the season against the top team in the country the Miami RedHawks. Leading 2-1 after two periods of play the RedHawks scored two power-play goals in the third period to take the game 3-2. NMU is now 1-7-0 overall and 0-6-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Miami stays perfect on the season at 8-0-0 and 6-0-0 respectively.
NMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to two short-handed goals in the first period. Matt Siddall scored his second goal of the season at 7:43 of the opening frame. TJ Miller and Nick Sirota assisted. Sirota then turned around and scored his own shorty at 8:42. Siddall and Alan Dorich assisted.
The RedHawks would score the next three goals all on the power play to take the game. Bill Loupee cut the lead in half to 2-1 with a goal at 13:11 of the second period. Alex Martinez scored at 1:16 of the third period to tie the game at two-all. Justin Mercier scored the game-winner at 5:15.
Reid Ellingson playing in his first collegiate game turned away 29 shots. He was named the first star of the game. Jeff Zatkoff of Miami had 19 saves on the night. Miami had 11 more shots at 32-21 for the game. Power play was big again tonight as the RedHawks were 3-10 and NMU was 0-9.
NMU will stay at home next week (Nov. 9-10) against Western Michigan. The puck will drop both nights at 7:35 p.m.
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