MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team must be getting in its post-season rhythm. Tonight the Wildcats scored a season-high seven goals as three of the goals were on the power play. Entering the game the Wildcats had just scored one goal in the past six games with the extra skater. It was the second time this season the ‘Cats scored three power-play goals in a game. NMU defeated the Lake Superior Lakers 7-3.
NMU improves to 13-15-5 overall on the season and 10-12-5-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Lakers are now 10-17-8 and 7-14-6-1 respectively.
NMU scored four goals in the opening period of the game to take control early. Mark Olver scored his 11th goal of the season at 6:35. Blake Cosgrove assisted on the goal. Phil Fox made the count 2-0 with his 10th goal of the season at 13:04. “There was some good puck movement,” said Fox. Tyler Gron and Andrew Cherniwchan assisted. The Lakers got on the board with a score at 13:21 by Carter Lee unassisted. Olver then scored a power-play goal for his 12th of the season and second of the night just four seconds into the power play (13:42). Erik Gustafsson and Jared Brown assisted. NMU’s next goal was also on the power play as Gregor Hanson scored 15 seconds into the power play (15:46) for a 4-1 game. The goal was Hanson’s 11th of the season. Nick Sirota picked up the lone assist.
Justin Florek made the score 5-1 with his eighth goal of the season at 4:54 of the second period. Billy Smith and Gustafsson assisted. Gustafsson then turned around and scored his third goal of the season 8:55 into the second period for a 6-1 game. Fellow countryman Hanson assisted on the goal.
The third period saw the Lakers score back-to-back goals a minute-and-a-half apart. Lake Superior made the score 6-2 on a goal by Zac MacVoy. Josh Sim had the Lakers within three at 6-3 with a goal at 3:34. Billy Smith capped off the scoring with his second of the season at 4:01 for the final margin (7-3). Sirota and Andrew Fernandez assisted.
Shots were almost even as the Lakers had one more than the ‘Cats at 28-27. NMU was 3-6 on the power play while the Lakers were shutout in nine chances (0-9). Brian Stewart had 25 saves for the ‘Cats. “He played very well again,” said Walt Kyle. The Lakers used two goaltenders on the night. Pat Inglis started between the pipes for the Lakers and had four saves before he was pulled. Brian Mahoney-Wilson came in relief and had 16 saves.
The second game of the weekend series will be Saturday night (Feb. 28) at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center. The game will be Senior Night.
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