NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Gregor Hanson tried to carry the Northern Michigan University hockey team on his back Saturday night. Notre Dame used four power-play goals to take a 4-0 lead and then added another goal for a 5-2 win. Both of NMU’s goals were scored by Hanson. Notre Dame now has taken all four games from NMU this season.
The Wildcats fall to 11-15-4 overall and 8-12-4-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Fighting Irish one of the top ranked teams in the country improves to 23-5-3 and 17-4-3-3 respectively.
Notre Dame scored two goals in opening frame and then two more in the second period before the ‘Cats could get on the board. Billy Maday (18:37) and Calle Ridderwall (19:52) scored power-play goals for the Fighting Irish for the 2-0 lead. Kyle Lawson (00:30) and Ben Ryan (3:18) added two more power-play markers for a 4-0 lead for the home team.
Hanson scored NMU’s goals at 5:59 and 9:18 of the second period. Assisting on Hanson ninth goal of the season was Andrew Cherniwchan while Derek May assisted on his 10th goal of the season. Hanson ended the weekend with six points (2-4-6). Notre Dame added a tally later in the period at 12:55 by Garrett Regan.
Brian Stewart began the game between the pipes for the ‘Cats as he was pulled after the fourth Notre Dame goal. He ended the game with 11 saves. Derek Janzen came in relief for Stewart and gave up a goal and had 17 saves. Jordan Pearce stopped 17 shots for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame scored four of its five goals on the power play in eight opportunities. NMU was shutout in six power play chances. Shots were in favor of the home team 33-19.
NMU stays on the road for its next series against Miami. The ‘Cats and RedHawks drop the puck next weekend (Feb. 20-21) in Oxford, Ohio.
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