MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team scored three goals in its first five shots Saturday night against Bowling Green State University to take the second game of the weekend set by a score of 4-1. NMU has now swept three series in 2009 and this weekend’s was the first one at home. The Wildcats took the game even as they were being outshot 44-12. “We were not very good. I thought (Brian) Stewart won us the game clearly,” said, NMU head coach, Walt Kyle. “We made some big plays to put us out ahead. We did not play solid hockey tonight.”
NMU improves to 11-13-4 overall on the season and 8-10-4-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Falcons fall to 9-18-3 and 6-15-1-0 respectively. NMU has won four games in a row and are unbeaten in the past seven games, as the game against Alaska counts as a tie in the overall record. Throw in the shootout win over the Alaska and the ‘Cats are 8-1-1-1 since the beginning of January.
NMU’s first two goals of the night were unassisted. Jared Brown gave the ‘Cats the 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 16:57 of the first period for his eighth of the season. Gregor Hanson followed that goal up with one of his own less than two minutes later. Hanson scored his eighth goal of the season at 18:50 of the opening period. “
Mark Olver made the score 3-0 with his 10th goal of the season at 4:08 of the second period. The shorthanded goal was assisted by Nick Sirota and Alan Dorich. Entering Saturday’s game NMU had two shorties on the season.
Ray Kaunisto made the count 4-0 with his fifth goal of the season at 6:51 of the third period. Phil Fox and Hanson assisted. The Falcons scored their only goal of the weekend at 13:55 of the final frame when Kai Kantola tipped the puck into the net on the power play.
NMU was 0-3 with the extra skater while BGSU was 1-8. Brian Stewart had 43 saves on the night to pick up first star of the game honors. “I just tried to stay calm in the net,” said Stewart. Nick Eno had eight saves for BGSU.
The ‘Cats hit the road for the next two series against two teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. First up is a trek to South Bend, Ind. to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (Feb. 13-14). The following week the ‘Cats are in Oxford, Ohio to take on the RedHawks of Miami (Feb. 20-21).
**Saturday’s 50/50 drawing went unclaimed. The winning ticket was 341. **
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