DENVER, Colo. – Northern Michigan received two third-period goals to secure the 5-2 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers in the consolation game of the Wells Fargo Denver Cup Saturday. The five goals is a season high for the ‘Cats. For the second night in a row NMU had a season high shots on goal. Tonight it was 44 shots as the team had 38 last night.
With the win the ‘Cats bring its record to 8-11-1 while Sacred Heart drops to 6-8-2.
The Pioneers stuck first with a shorthanded goal at 9:47 of the first period by Dave Jarman. Almost 10 minutes later Phil Fox tied the score with his seventh goal of the season at 19:32. Billy Smith and Mark Olver assisted.
Sacred Heart took the 2-1 lead when Bear Trapp scored a power-play goal at 2:26 of the second frame. NMU would add two goals in the period. Matt Butcher scored his own power-play goal at 7:21 to tie the count at two. Matt Siddall and Olver assisted. Erik Spady would add another power-play goal which turned out to be the game-winner at 13:38. It was his first career goal and it gave the ‘Cats the lead for good at 3-2. Erik Gustafsson and Fox assisted.
The third period saw Billy Smith make the score 4-2 with his first goal as a Wildcat at 15:40. Olver and Blake Cosgrove picked up the assists on the goal. For Olver it was his third assist on the night. NMU’s final goal of the night came from Fox as it was his second marker of the game at 19:12 into an empty net. Derek May and Gustafsson assisted. The assist was Gustafsson’s second of the night.
NMU scored two power-play goals on the night in five attempts. Sacred Heart also had five power play opportunities and scored once. The Pioneers had 30 shots on goal for the game. Reid Ellingson picked up his fourth win of the season with 28 saves. Olivier St. Onge had 39 saves for the Pioneers.
The ‘Cats will play its next four games at the Berry Events Center. First up is a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series with Notre Dame on Jan. 4-5.
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