MARQUETTE, Mich. – Two old U.P. rivals met at the Berry Events Center on Friday night. The Northern Michigan University Wildcats squared off against the Lake Superior State University Lakers. LSSU held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play, but the ‘Cats notched two goals in the second period and a goal in the final frame for the 4-2 win. With the win the ‘Cats have now won two games in a row and three of the past four.
NMU improves to 4-9-0 overall on the season and 3-8-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Lakers fall on the season to 2-8-1 and 0-5-0 respectively.
LSSU struck first with a goal by John Scrymgeour at 10:02 of the opening frame. A little over a minute later, Nick Sirota knocked home his team-high 11th goal of the season at 11:31 to even the score. The power-play goal was assisted by TJ Miller and Mark Olver. LSSU would take the 2-1 lead thanks to a power-play goal by Dan Eves at 13:18.
NMU tied the game up again at 5:48 of the middle frame on a goal by Phil Fox for his fifth of the season at 5:48. Billy Smith and Olver assisted. Matt Siddall scored the game-winner at 13:20 (3-2). The shorthanded goal was assisted by Smith. The ‘Cats added a goal at 13:42 of the third period for the final margin. Gregor Hanson scored his second goal of the season. Matt Butcher and Ray Kaunisto assisted.
The Lakers had a seven shot advantage on the night at 28-21. Each side scored a power-play goal. NMU had four power plays on the night while LSSU had five. Reid Ellingson picked up his second win with 26 saves. Brian Mahoney-Wilson turned away 17 shots.
The action will shift to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. tomorrow night (Nov. 24) with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m.
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