MARQUETTE, Mich. – Entering Friday’s game the Wayne State University Warriors had never beaten Northern Michigan University in a hockey game. NMU was 7-0-0 all-time against WSU. Friday night at the Berry Events Center that all changed as the Warriors scored a goal in the first period, one in the second and two in the third for the 4-1 win over the Wildcats in a non-conference game. NMU drops to 9-13-1 overall on the season while WSU improves to 4-15-2.
The Warriors first two goals of the game came on the first shifts of each period. WSU’s first goal came just 11 seconds into the game as Mike Forgie scored his sixth of the season. Tylor Michel made the score 2-0 when he scored eight seconds into the second period for his fourth of the season.
Mark Olver cut the WSU lead to2-1 when he scored his seventh goal of the season at 17:19 of the second period. Phil Fox and Billy Smith assisted on the goal. WSU made the score 3-1 when Jared Katz scored at 4:26 of the third period. With two NMU players in the sin bin, WSU’s final goal of the game came off the stick of Derek Punches at 15:29 of the third period.
Mike Devoney of WSU picked up his first career win with 35 saves. Reid Ellingson had 22 saves in the loss. For the game NMU had 36 shots on goal while WSU had 26. The ‘Cats were 0-5 on the power play while the Warriors were 1-6.
The two teams will tangle again on Saturday night (Jan. 12) at the Berry Events Center with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m.
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