MARQUETTE, Mich. – For the second consecutive year the Northern Michigan University Wildcats and the Ohio State University Buckeyes were facing each other in the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Playoffs. Just like last year, OSU with two goals each in the first and second periods took the first game of the series, 4-3. The Buckeyes lead the best-of-three, 1-0. NMU tried to make of game of it with two goals in the third period, but fell short. Last year in Columbus the ‘Cats won the second game in overtime and took the third game to capture the series.
NMU falls to 15-18-4 while OSU improves to 12-23-4.
OSU took the lead a little over six minutes into the game. Tommy Goebel scored at 6:34 to give the Buckeyes the 1-0 lead. Jared Brown on the power play would tie the score with his seventh goal of the season at 15:39. Matt Siddall and Erik Gustafsson assisted. With about a minute and a half left in the first period OSU took the lead for good on a goal by Patrick Schafer at 18:39 (2-1).
OSU made the count 3-1 at 10:47 of the second period when Jason DeSantis scored his fourth goal of the season. The Buckeyes then took a three goal lead at 4-1 when Todd Rudasill scored a power-play marker at 13:54.
The third period saw the ‘Cats attempt to make it a game. Siddall scored his 15th goal of the season at 16:07 to cut the OSU lead to 4-2. Tim Hartung and Gustafsson assisted. TJ Miller then scored an extra-attacker goal at 18:04 for his second goal of the season to get the ‘Cats to within one (4-3). Gustafsson picked up his third assist of the night as Mark Olver had the other assist.
NMU had a 12-shot advantage over OSU at 30-18. Power plays were even at 1-4 for each side.
Brian Stewart had 14 saves for the ‘Cats on the night as he picked up the loss. Joseph Palmer with his 27 saves picked up the win.
Game two of the best-of-three will be tomorrow night (March 8) at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.
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