OXFORD, Ohio – A difference in a week is a big deal for the Northern Michigan University hockey team. Last week at Notre Dame the Wildcats were swept by the Fighting Irish. This week the ‘Cats were still on the road to face another nationally ranked team. The Miami RedHawks were the opponent this week. It was a different story in the first game of the series as the ‘Cats took game one by a 2-1 score.
With the win NMU improves to 12-15-4 overall on the season and 9-12-4-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Miami falls to 18-9-4 and 16-6-3-1 respectively.
Justin Flore scored his seventh goal of the season at 15:46 of the opening period to give NMU the lead. Mark Olver and Phil Fox assisted on the goal. Jared Brown made the count 2-0 with his ninth goal of the season at 9:00 of the second period. Billy Smith assisted. Justin Vaive cut the NMU lead in half with a marker at 12:44 of the third period.
Brian Stewart between the pipes had 43 saves for the ‘Cats. Cody Reichard for the RedHawks had 18 saves. NMU was outshot by over double the amount of 44-20. The ‘Cats were 0-1 on the power play while Miami was 0-3. A total of six penalties were called in the game as four went against NMU and two for the home team. Stewart picked up first star of the game honors while Brown was named the second star.
The two teams will square off again Saturday afternoon on the Miami campus. The puck will drop at 5:05 p.m.
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