MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team found itself in a little hole against the top ranked team in the country Friday night at the Berry Events Center in the opening game of conference play for the Wildcats. The Miami RedHawks scored four goals in the second period of play to build up the lead (4-0). NMU staged a comeback with three third period goals, but in the end it was not enough as the RedHawks held on to win 4-3.
NMU still in search of its first win at home fell to 1-3-1 overall and 0-1-0 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play. Miami improves to 5-1-1 and 2-1-0 respectively.
Justin Vaive scored Miami’s first two goals on the night as they were 41 seconds apart. His first goal on the power play was scored at 3:06 and then he knocked home his second marker on the next shift (3:47). Joe Hartman added another power-play goal at 12:14 for a 3-0 lead. Alden Hirschfeld made the count 4-0 with an even-strength goal at 18:15.
Kyle Follmer cut into Miami’s lead with his first career goal at 00:41 into the third period. Mark Olver and Justin Florek assisted. Olver then scored the first of his two goals on the night at 7:12 on the power play to cut the lead into half (4-2). Florek and Billy Smith assisted. Olver’s second goal of the night was at 14:14, which stood up for the final score. Erik Spady assisted. Florek ended the night with two assists.
Brian Stewart started in goal for the ‘Cats as he had 25 saves on the night. He lasted for two periods before being replaced by Reid Ellingson. He had four saves for less than 20 minutes of work. Miami had a slight edge on shots at 33-29. The third period saw the ‘Cats with a 12-4 advantage on shots. Powers plays were 2-5 for the RedHawks and 1-5 for the ‘Cats.
The two teams will drop the puck for the second game of the weekend tilt Saturday night 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.
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