HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team is ending 2008 with two games against its WCHA U.P. rivals the Michigan Tech Huskies. Tonight was the first game of the weekend series in Houghton. MTU scored first to get on the board before the Wildcats tied the score in the second period to see the home team score the game-winning goal about five minutes later. The Huskies took round one with a 2-1 score.
NMU is now winless in its past six games and fall to 3-11-3 on the season. The Huskies improve to 3-14-2 on the season.
Brian Stewart was between the pipes for the first time since the Ohio State game on Nov. 21. He showed some rust as one of Michigan Tech’s first shots trickled in and found the back of the net. Bennett Royer gave the Huskies the early 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season at 2:44 of the first period.
It did not take long for the Wildcats to tie the game as Mike Maltese scored his first goal of the season at 1:48 of the second period to even things up at one-all. Justin Florek and Derek May assisted on the goal. About five minutes later (6:30) the Huskies took the lead once again at 2-1 when Brett Olson scored on a breakaway. That goal turned out to be the game-winner.
NMU had 37 shots on the night and held MTU to 32. On the power play the ‘Cats were 0-3 while the Huskies were 0-5. Stewart ended the game with 20 saves. Josh Robinson picked up the win with 36 saves.
The two teams will play the second game of the weekend set Saturday night at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. Action gets underway with the puck drop at 7:35 p.m.
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