DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team even its 2009-10 record (1-1)with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Sunday night. Mark Olver had his hand in all three goals on the night while Mike Maltese picked up two assists. UM-Duluth also is 1-1 on the season.
After a scoreless first period of play, Erik Gustafsson gave the Wildcats the 1-0 lead with his second goal of the season at 3:34. Maltese and Olver assisted on the goal. The Bulldogs tied the game about four minutes later (7:24) on a goal by Jack Connolly. Also in the second period, Ray Kaunisto gave the ‘Cats the lead for good at 18:56 with his second goal of the season. Olver and Maltese assisted. Olver picked up the final goal of the evening at 17:41 of the third period on the power play for his first marker of the season. Gustafsson and Jared Brown assisted. Gustafsson ended the night with two points.
Reid Ellingson, playing in his home state, got the nod in goal tonight as he responded with 32 saves to pick up the win. Fifteen of his saves came in the second period. Kenny Reiter of UM-Duluth also had 32 saves in the loss.
NMU was 1-6 with the extra skater while blanking the Bulldogs on the power play in eight opportunities. Shots were almost even as the ‘Cats had a slight edge at 35-33.
The ‘Cats will have back-to-back series at home beginning Oct. 23-24 when the Beavers of Bemidji State visit the Berry Events Center. The following week (Oct. 30-31) NMU opens up conference play by hosting the Miami RedHawks.
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