MARQUETTE, Mich. – Friday night at the Berry Events Center the Northern Michigan University hockey team passed its first big test of the season. Visiting was the second ranked University of Michigan Wolverines. For the majority of the game the Wildcats held a 1-0 lead which stood up for the 2-0 win. It was the first conference win of the season for the ‘Cats. NMU is now 2-1-0 overall on the season and 1-0-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Michigan falls to 2-1-0 and 0-1-0 respectively.
Phil Fox scored a power-play goal at 7:50 of the first period for his first goal of the season. “I was kind of crashing the net,” said Fox. “It ended up on my stick.” Matt Butcher and Ray Kaunisto assisted on the goal. That goal was the only one of the night until Nick Sirota scored his first goal of the season on an empty-net goal with two seconds left in the game (19:58). Mark Olver and Alan Dorich assisted on the goal.
Brian Stewart served up his fourth career shutout with 15 saves on the night. “We played very good defensively,” said Stewart. “It makes my job a lot easier.” Billy Sauer turned away 19 shots in the loss. NMU outshot UM by a 21-15 margin. The Wolverines were 0-8 on the power play while NMU was 1-7 with the extra skater.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday night (Oct. 18) at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.
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