OXFORD, Ohio – For the second consecutive year the Northern Michigan University hockey team will be making a trip to Joe Louis Arena for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Championship. Just like last year the Wildcats had to win a series on the road, after dropping the first game, to advance to Detroit. Tonight the ‘Cats took care of the Miami RedHawks in the third and deciding game by a score of 3-1. NMU lost the first game to the RedHawks Friday night (3-2) before taking the second game in overtime last night (3-2).
NMU enters the CCHA Championship with an overall record of 18-16-5 while the RedHawks fall to 20-12-5. NMU will face Notre Dame in the first semifinal game Friday (March 20) at 4:35 p.m. Tickets for the championship weekend will be available at the NMU Ticket Office in the Superior Dome beginning at noon Tuesday (March 17) until noon Thursday (March 19). Tickets may also be purchased over the phone (906-227-1032). Adult tickets are $25 for adults and $9.50 for students. A $1 consignment fee will be added to the purchase price of each ticket.
NMU struck first on the scoreboard. After Andrew Cherniwchan was called for hitting from behind at 2:55 of the first period the ‘Cats were down a skater for five minutes. Mark Olver scored his 16th goal of the season and third short-handed marker at 5:41. The shortie was unassisted. With NMU leading 1-0, Mike Maltese scored in what turned out to be the game-winner at 10:55 of the second period for the 2-0 lead. Assisting on Maltese’s third goal of the season was Jared Brown.
Miami cut the NMU in half (2-1) when Will Weber knocked home the puck to the back of the net at 17:53 of the third period. Nick Sirota ended the scoring with an empty-net unassisted goal at 19:25 of the final frame.
Brian Stewart was again stellar between the pipes as he turned away 41 of Miami’s 42 shots. Cody Reichard registered 16 saves on the night. NMU ended the game with 19 shots which included three in the third period. The ‘Cats were 0-4 on the power play while the RedHawks were 0-3.
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