MARQUETTE, Mich. – Kory Kaunisto made the most of his ice time Sunday when the Northern Michigan University hockey team hosted Ryerson University in an exhibition game. The younger brother of Ray Kaunisto accounted for three of the goals in the Wildcats 11-2 win. Tyler Gron and Andrew Cherniwchan each added a pair of markers on the afternoon.
The Rams took a 1-0 lead at 8:27 of the first period when Scott Madden scored on the power play. K. Kaunisto tied the game at one-all with his first goal of the game at 15:36 on the power play. Justin Florek and Gron assisted on the goal. Matt Butcher gave the ‘Cats the lead for good at 2-1 with a power-play marker at 16:01 of the second period. Florek and Erik Gustafsson assisted. Chad Pietila added his own goal in the second period at 18:06 for a 3-1 score. Mike Maltese picked up the helper on Pietila’s goal.
The third period saw the ‘Cats explode for eight goals. Nicholas Kosinski started the scoring with a goal at 2:24 from Andrew Fernandez and Butcher. Florek made the count 5-1 with a marker at 4:24. Cherniwchan assisted on the goal. K. Kaunisto added his second goal of the game at 7:53 for a 6-1 score. Butcher and Gron assisted. Ryerson made the score 6-2 when Corey Konecny scored at 8:29.
Cherniwchan added a shorthanded goal at 10:33 for a 7-2 count. Erik Spady assisted. Gron then added a power-play goal at 17:31 (8-2) as Kyle Follmer and Pietila assisted. NMU’s next goal (9-2) was also on the power play as Cherniwchan turned the lamp on at 17:31. Scott Macaulay and Pietila assisted. NMU’s final two goals were both even-strength. Gron made it 10-2 at 18:36 (Kosinski and R. Kaunisto) then K. Kaunisto scored his third goal of the game with under a minute left (19:04) from, his brother, R. Kaunisto and Gron.
Brian Stewart and Reid Ellingson both saw time between the pipes. Stewart started the game and played the first period as he picked up three saves. Ellingson played the second and third periods and had 12 saves for the game. NMU had 47 shots to 17 for Ryerson. The ‘Cats were 5-8 on the power play while the Rams were 1-8.
NMU will begin for real this coming week as they will participate in the Superior Showcase. The ‘Cats face Michigan Tech Friday night in Houghton (Oct. 9) and Minnesota-Duluth Sunday (Oct. 11).
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