MARQUETTE, Mich. – Saturday night has not been all right for the Northern Michigan University hockey team so far this season. NMU is now 0-4 on Saturday nights after suffering a 4-2 loss to Notre Dame at the Berry Events Center. With the defeat the Wildcats are 2-5-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Notre Dame improves to 4-3-0 and 2-2-0 respectively.
Notre Dame jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The first two goals were on the power play and were scored by Kyle Lawson at 5:14 of the first period and Billy Maday at 6:34 of the second. Ian Cole then scored an extra-attacker goal at 11:32 of the second period. Also in the second period Calle Ridderwall gave the Fighting Irish a four goal lead with an even-strength goal at 15:31.
Ray Kaunisto knocked home his third goal of the season at 19:46 of the second period to make the count 4-1. Matt Butcher and Mike Maltese assisted on the goal. The third period saw Phil Fox cut the score in half (4-2) with his second goal of the season at 14:58. Andrew Cherniwchan and Justin Florek assisted.
Notre Dame had five power-play opportunities while the ‘Cats were shutout in five tries on the power play. Brian Stewart picked up the loss for the ‘Cats as he had 22 saves on the night. Jordan Pearce for Notre Dame had 18 saves. The Fighting Irish had the edge on shots at 26-20.
NMU will have next weekend off (Nov. 7-8), but will be back in action at Bowling Green State University on Nov. 14-15.
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