February 15, 2008
Wildcats Win For The First Time At Value City Arena
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University hockey team won its first game ever at Value City Arena with the 2-0 win over Ohio State on Friday night. Entering the game the ‘Cats were 0-6-0 all-time in the building. In fact NMU won its third game in a row in Columbus. Last year in the CCHA Playoffs the ‘Cats took two of three from the Buckeyes at the OSU Ice Rink. Before that NMU had not won a game in Columbus since 1981.
NMU improves to 13-15-3 overall and 10-11-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Buckeyes fall to 9-21-3 and 5-16-2 respectively.
Matt Siddall gave the ‘Cats the 1-0 lead with his ninth goal of the season at 11:45 of the second period. Assisting on the goal were Mark Olver and Erik Gustafsson. Olver turned around and scored his 11th goal of the season into an empty net for the final score of the game at 19:09 of the third period. Brian Stewart and Nick Sirota assisted.
Stewart stopped all 46 shots he faced in picking up his second shutout in a row. Joseph Palmer had 24 saves in the loss. Shots were tilted towards OSU as the Buckeyes had 20 more than NMU (46-26). The ‘Cats were 0-3 on the power play while the Buckeyes were 0-5.
The two teams will square off in the second game of the weekend series tomorrow night (Feb. 16) at Value City Arena at 7:05 p.m.
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