MARQUETTE, Mich. – Nick Sirota who was in a bit of a scoring drought lately has sure made up for it in the past two weekends. Last week at Michigan he had a goal and two assists for the weekend. Tonight in the first game of the weekend tilt with the Spartans of Michigan State University he recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Wildcats. He now has a team-leading 16 goals and 28 points on the season. NMU took the first game in the series 3-1.
The ‘Cats improve to 11-15-3 overall and 8-11-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). MSU falls to 18-7-5 and 14-4-3 respectively.
Sirota’s first goal of the night came a little under two minutes into the game (1:55). It was his sixth first goal of the game on the season which leads the team. Gregor Hanson assisted. Sirota’s second goal at 12:23 of the second period was a short-handed affair. He leads the team with four shorties. NMU now has eight short-handed goals on the season. Assisting on the short-handed goal was Mark Olver.
Sirota’s third goal of the game was on the power play at 16:21 also in the second period. Matt Siddall and Olver assisted. Sirota was named the first-star of the game for his play tonight. Olver picked up third-star of the game honors with his two assists. MSU finally got on the board with a power-play goal at 17:42 of the third period by Jeff Dunne.
A total of 59 penalty minutes were called. NMU was whistled for 14 penalties for 39 minutes. The Spartans were called for 10 penalties for 20 minutes. A total of 22 power plays were skated. MSU was 1-13 while the ‘Cats were 1-9.
Brian Stewart was a little over two minutes away in recording a shutout. He turned away 23 shots for the game to pick up second-star of the game honors. MSU used two goaltenders as Jeff Lerg started the game and had 15 saves while Bobby Jarosz played the third period and recorded six saves. Shots on goal were even as both sides had 24. MSU had half of its shots (12) in the third period.
The two teams will drop the puck tomorrow night (Feb. 9) at 7:35 p.m. in the second game of the series at the Berry Events Center.
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