MARQUETTE, Mich. – Senior Matt Siddall waited for Senior Weekend to put on a display against the Maverick s of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Friday night. Siddall picked up four points on the night with a goal and three assists as the Wildcats hung on the win the game, 6-4. NMU’s six goals was a season high. The win pretty much guarantees the ‘Cats home ice for the first round of the playoffs.
NMU improves to 14-16-3 overall and 11-12-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Mavericks fall to 14-15-4 and 11-12-4 respectively.
NMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period of play. Jared Brown scored a power-play goal at 12:48 for his fifth of the season to put the ‘Cats on the board. Erik Gustafsson assisted on the goal. Siddall scored his 10th goal of the season, unassisted, at 13:57 for the two goal lead.
The middle frame saw the ‘Cats add two more goals before UNO would score its first goal of the game. Mark Olver scored the first of his two goals on the night at 11:48 to give NMU the 3-0 lead. Assisting on Olver’s 13th goal of the season were Phil Fox and Alan Dorich. Eric Spady then made the score 4-0 with his second goal of the season at 13:26. Tim Hartung and Andrew Sarauer assisted. UNO scored a short-handed goal by JJ Koehler at 15:21 to make it 4-1.
A total of five goals were scored in the third period. A little over a minute into the period, UNO made the count 4-2 on a power-play goal by Brandon Scero at 1:15. Olver then scored his second goal of the night to make the score 5-2 at 11:59 for his 14th of the season. Gustafsson and Siddall assisted. Ray Kaunisto gave NMU its sixth goal (6-2) of the night 10 seconds later at 12:09 for his seventh of the season. Siddall and Gustafsson assisted once again. Gustafsson ended the night with three points all on assists. The Mavericks added two goals in the period by Mick Lawrence at 13:47 and Alan Goulet at 15:43 for the final count (6-4). Both of UNO’s goals were on the power play.
UNO was on the power play seven times in the game and scored three power-play goals. NMU was 1-4 with the extra skater. The Mavericks had 10 more shots than the ‘Cats on the night at 33-23. Brian Stewart picked up the win for the ‘Cats on the night with 29 saves. Two goaltenders played for UNO, Jerad Kaufmann started the game and lasted into the second period. He ended the game by giving up four goals and had 13 saves. Jeremie Dupont had four saves the remaining minutes of the game for the loss.
The two teams will be at it again tomorrow night (Saturday, Feb. 23) at the Berry Events Center. Action gets under way with the puck drop at 7:35 p.m.
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