SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team renewed the rivalry with its Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) partner, the Lake Superior State Lakers, in the first game of the home-and-home series to conclude the regular season. The first game was a mid-week affair in the Soo on Thursday night. For the Wildcats, tied for fifth in the CCHA standing, entering the game had a chance to move up or down in the standings in preparation for next week’s CCHA Playoffs. LSSU scored two goals in the third period to take the 3-2 win.
With the loss the ‘Cats are now 15-17-3 overall and 12-13-2 in the CCHA. LSSU improves to 9-18-6 and 7-15-5 respectively. NMU is still in the lead for the Cappo Cup with a 2-1 edge.
The first 20 minutes of play was scoreless as the period saw seven shots on goal. NMU was on the higher end with four as LSSU had three. Each side was 0-1 on the power play.
The Wildcats dodged a bullet about four minutes into the second period when NMU had two players in the penalty box, but the Lakers failed to score. NMU took the 1-0 lead at 11:09 on a goal by Matt Siddall for his 13th of the season. Alan Dorich picked up the lone assist. Mark Olver made the score 2-0 with his 15th goal of the season at 14:56 just four seconds into a power play. Erik Gustafsson and Jared Brown assisted. At 18:46 of the period the Lakers got on the board with a goal by Nathan Perkovich.
NMU carried the lead into the third period, but the Lakers tied the score at two-all at 2:08 when Dan Eves found the back of the net with his shot. After the ‘Cats killed a penalty the Lakers scored a goal by Rick Schofield at 15:54 to take the 3-2 lead which held up for the win.
On the night the Lakers held a slight edge on shots with 26 to 24 for NMU. The ‘Cats were 1-3 with the extra skater on the night while the Lakers were 0-6. Brian Stewart had 23 saves on the night in the loss. Brian Mahoney-Wilson picked up the win for the Lakers with 22 saves.
The two teams will square off in Marquette on Saturday night (March 1) at 7:35 p.m. for the regular season finale.
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