MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team spotted the Western Michigan Broncos three first-period goals and could not recover on Friday night at the Berry Events Center. WMU won its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) game of the season with the 4-2 win. NMU has now lost seven in a row and five straight at home. The five losses ties a NMU record while the eight in a row is the longest in Walt Kyle’s tenure.
NMU drops to 1-8-0 overall and 0-7-0 in the CCHA. WMU improves to 3-4-0 and 1-3-0 respectively.
Cam Watson scored the first goal of the game on the power play to get the Broncos on the board at 2:23 of the opening frame. WMU would add goals by Chris Clackson at 6:22 and Chris Frank a little over two-and-a-half minutes later (8:55) in the first period (3-0).
WMU made the score 4-0 when Watson scored his second goal of the game at 1:01 of the second period. The ‘Cats would score the next two goals to cut into the lead. Phil Fox scored a power-play goal at 4:44 of the middle frame to make the score 4-1. Jared Brown and Mark Olver assisted on the goal. For Olver it was his first collegiate point. Nick Sirota then scored his team-high sixth goal of the season at 16:56 of the period. Matt Butcher and Nathan Sigmund assisted.
Reid Ellingson started the game in goal for the ‘Cats and lasted almost nine minutes before Brian Stewart came in relief. Ellingson had one save for the game as Stewart had 12. NMU was whistled for two penalties all night. WMU was 1-2 on the power play while NMU was 1-5. NMU had the edge on shots at 29-17.
The ‘Cats will try again for its first CCHA win of the season when the two teams will meet for the second game of the series on Saturday night (Nov. 10) at 7:35 p.m.
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