MARQUETTE, Mich. – For a team that has had its struggles the past couple of weeks the Northern Michigan University hockey team came out of its drought Friday night at the Berry Events Center against Ohio State. The Wildcats scored two of its three goals on the power play in the 3-1 win over the visiting Buckeyes. NMU improves to 3-7-1 overall on the season and 2-6-1-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). OSU falls to 5-6-1 and 3-5-1-1 respectively.
Mark Olver found his scoring touch as he accounted for two of the goals. Erik Gustafsson picked up an assist on all three goals. Both of Olver’s goals were on the power play as they were his first two goals of the season. He gave the ‘Cats the 1-0 lead with his marker at 14:56 of the first period. Gustafsson and Nick Sirota assisted on the goal. His second goal of the night came at 10:25 of the second period. TJ Miller picked up his first point on the season with an assist. Gustafsson picked up the other assist.
Gregor Hanson made the score 3-0 with his first goal of the season at 1:53 of the final frame. Phil Fox and Gustafsson assisted. OSU got on the board with a goal by Zac Dalpe at 5:18 of the third period.
Brian Stewart began the game between the pipes for the ‘Cats. He lasted a little over a period before leaving the game with an injury. Stewart ended the night with nine saves. Devan Hartigan seeing his first career action as a ‘Cat responded with 25 saves and one goal-against in a little over 33 minutes of action.
NMU came out shooting the puck tonight as they had 19 shots in the first period and 39 for the game (11 in the second and nine in the third). OSU had 35 shots for the game. NMU had eight power-play (2-8) opportunities while the Buckeyes had six (0-6).
The two teams will square off again Saturday night (Nov. 22) at the Berry Events Center with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m. NMU will be looking for its first win on Saturday night this season.
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