MARQUETTE, Mich. – For the second night in a row the second period took down the Wildcats. Saturday night the Northern Michigan University hockey team held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. The Miami RedHawks scored two power-play goals in the middle frame to take the game and the weekend series with a 2-1 score. All three goals in the game were scored on the power play.
NMU is still in search of its first home win of the season and first conference victory. The ‘Cats fall to 1-4-1 overall and 0-2-0 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play. Miami improves to 6-1-1 and 3-1-0 respectively.
Mark Olver gave the ‘Cats the early lead with his fourth goal of the season at 11:43 of the first period. Erik Gustafsson and Ray Kaunisto assisted on the goal. The RedHawks then struck for two goals within a five minute span in the second period. Chris Wideman tied the game at one-all at 9:28 before Tommy Wingels gave the RedHawks the lead for good at 14:37.
Reid Ellingson in goal for the ‘Cats turned away 24 shots for his first loss of the season. Shots were almost even as Miami had one more on the night than NMU (26-25). The RedHawks were 2-4 on the power play while NMU was 1-2.
NMU is on the road for its next two series. First up is a trip to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes next weekend (Nov. 6-7).
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