OMAHA, Neb. – After going through the first part of the 2008-09 season without tasting victory on a Saturday night the Northern Michigan University hockey team won its second game in a row on a Saturday night with a 3-2 win over the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. All of NMU’s scoring came in the middle frame.
NMU is now 6-13-3 overall on the season and 3-10-3-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). UNO falls to 13-7-3 and 8-5-3-2 respectively.
Tomas Klempa gave the home team the 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 14:35 of the opening period. Andrew Fernandez tied the game with his first career goal at 5:32 of the second period. Andrew Cherniwchan assisted on the goal. About nine minutes later (14:26), Jared Brown gave the Wildcats the 2-1 lead with a power-play goal for his third of the season. Gregor Hanson and Mark Olver assisted.
Olver scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 17:52 for the 3-1 lead. Justin Florek and Mike Maltese assisted. Klempa scored his second goal of the evening on the power play at 15:14 for the final tally. Olver was named the first star of the game as he picked up two points as he currently has a four-game point streak (4-3-7).
NMU had 28 shots on the night while the Mavericks had 23. The ‘Cats were 1-8 on the power play while the Mavericks were 2-4. Brian Stewart picked up the win for the ‘Cats in goal as he had 21 saves on the night.
NMU will have next weekend off and will be back in action at home against the Alaska Nanooks in two weeks (Jan. 23-24).
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