FAIRBANKS, Alaska – For the second Saturday night in a row, Mark Olver had a two-goal game. He led the Northern Michigan University hockey team to a split with the Alaska Nanooks with the 4-2 win. With the win the ‘Cats are 6-10-0 overall and 5-9-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Nanooks fall to 1-8-1 and 1-6-1 respectively.
After a scoreless first period, the Nanooks took the 1-0 lead in the second period before the ‘Cats would strike with three goals. Braden Walls gave the home team the lead with a power-play goal at 8:24 of the middle frame. Olver scored the first of his two goals on the night with a power-play marker at 11:12. Erik Spady and Nick Sirota assisted. Gregor Hanson gave the ‘Cats the 2-1 lead less than a minute later at 12:04 for his fourth of the season. Matt Butcher and Erik Gustafsson assisted. Sirota, who was kept off the scoresheet on Friday, got into the act with a goal at 13:06 to make the score 3-1. Assisting on Sirota’s 12th goal of the season were Jared Brown and Matt Siddall.
The third period saw the Nanooks cut into the ‘Cats lead (3-2) with a goal by Jeff Penner at 9:05. About four minutes later, Olver would answer with his second goal of the night and fifth of the season (13:03) for the final margin. TJ Miller picked up the lone assist on the goal.
Brian Stewart picked up the win for NMU with a 26-save performance. Wylie Rogers was given the loss as he played 40 minutes of the game and gave up three goals. He had 10 saves. Chad Johnson played the third period and had five saves.
The ‘Cats were 1-3 on the power play while Alaska was 1-5. Shots were in favor of the home team at 28-19.
NMU is off next weekend (Dec. 7-8). They will be back in action the weekend of Dec. 14-15 when they will go home-and-home with its U.P. WCHA rival the Michigan Tech Huskies. Friday’s game (Dec. 14) will be at the Berry Events Center in Marquette before moving up the road to Houghton on Saturday night (Dec. 15).
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