MARQUETTE, Mich. – After a scoreless first period the Michigan Wolverines scored a pair of goals in bing bang fashion in the second and third periods to take Saturday’s game 5-3 over the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. NMU drops its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) game of the season. The ‘Cats are now 2-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the CCHA. UM improves to 2-2-0 and 1-1-0 respectively.
The Wolverines scored two quick goials in the middle frame to take the 2-0 lead. UM’s Matt Rust scored at 1:46 and less than a minute later (2:28) Danny Fardig turned the light on. Still in the same period, Andrew Cherniwchan cut UM’s lead I half with his third goal of the season at 16:58. Billy Smith and Erik Gustafsson assisted on the goal.
The third perios saw the Wolverines score two quick goals again. Rust scored at 10:33 then 18 seconds later (10:51) Aaron Palushaj made the count 4-1. Derek may with his first goal of his career at 15:24 made the score 4-2. Gregor Hanson and Jared Brown assisted. With an extra attacker the ‘Cats made it 4-3 at 18:09 thanks to Nick Sirota’s second goal of the season. UM scored an empty-net goal at 19:26 by Louie Caporusso for the final margin.
Power plays were almost even as NMU was 0-6 and UM was 0-5. Brian Stewart turned away 22 shots in the loss. UM had one more shot on the night 27-26 than NMU.
The ‘Cats take to the road for the first time this season. NMU will play a weekend set next weekend in East Lansing against the Michigan State Spartans (Oct. 24-25).
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