MARQUETTE, Mich. – After spending the past two weeks on the road the Northern Michigan University hockey team wanted to come back to the Berry Events Center. Friday the Wildcats put on a scoring display with a season-high five goals in winning its first game at home this season. NMU defeated the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 5-1 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play.
The ‘Cats improve to 4-5-2 overall on the season and 3-3-1-0 in CCHA play. UNO falls to 5-3-3 and 2-3-2-1 respectively on the season.
The Mavericks scored their lone goal first at 3:05 of the first period by John Kemp on the power play. Justin Florek scored the first of his two goals on the night at 11:33 of the opening frame for his second of the season. Mark Olver and Phil Fox assisted on the goal. Florek opened the second period with his second goal of the night and third of the season on the power play 44 seconds into the period for a 2-1 NMU lead. Greger Hanson and Erik Gustafsson assisted. Florek picked up first star of the game honors.
Olver then made the score 3-1 with his seventh goal of the season at 17:23, still in the second period. TJ Miller assisted. The third period saw the ‘Cats add two more scores. Hanson recorded his second goal of the season at 10:20 for a 4-1 game. Ray Kaunisto assisted. Chad Pietila then scored his first collegiate goal about seven minutes later (17:27) for the final margin. R. Kaunisto and Hanson assisted. Hanson ended the night with three points on a goal and two assists. R. Kaunisto ended the game with two assists for two points.
Brian Stewart playing in goal for the ‘Cats had 23 saves for the game. John Faulkner for the Mavericks had 25 saves. NMU had a slight edge on shots at 30-24. Each side was 1-4 on the power play. Olver was the second star while Stewart was the third star of the game.
The two teams will square off again Saturday night (Nov. 21 at 7:35 p.m.) in the second game of the weekend tilt.
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