HOUGHTON, Mich. – After last night’s game at the Berry Events Center the Northern Michigan University Wildcats and Michigan Tech Huskies played a relatively quiet game at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Saturday. NMU which only had nine shots on goal on Friday night had six in the first period alone. Also tonight the ‘Cats were without the services of Matt Siddall and TJ Miller, as they both had to sit after receiving game disqualifications on Friday night.
NMU received two second-period goals for its first shutout of the season to down MTU, 2-0. Brian Stewart picked up his first career shutout in the win with 35 saves. NMU improves to 7-10-1 while MTU falls to 6-8-2. The Wildcats improved its shots a little over last night as the ‘Cats ended the game with 15 shots on goal.
After a scoreless first period the ‘Cats turned the lamp on first with a goal at 5:55 of the second period. Ray Kaunisto scored his fourth goal of the season to get the ‘Cats on the board (1-0). Matt Butcher and Gregor Hanson assisted.
Andrew Sarauer flicked in a wrister in front of Rob Nolan at 17:29 to give the ‘Cats a two-goal lead (2-0), which stood up for the win. Jared Brown and Nick Sirota picked up the assists on the goal.
NMU was called for three penalties in the game while MTU was whistled just once. The ‘Cats were 0-1 on the power play while the Huskies were 0-3. MTU ended the game with 35 shots on goal. Nolan for MTU had 13 saves on the night.
NMU will be off until after Christmas when the team will play at the Denver Cup (Dec. 28-29). The ‘Cats will face Dartmouth the first night and either Denver or Sacred Heart the second night.
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