MARQUETTE, Mich. – After taking the first game in each of the last two series the Northern Michigan University hockey team lost and tied the second games of the series respectively. NMU was still in search of its first sweep of the season after beating the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks last night (5-1) for its third consecutive series opening win of the season. Tonight was the night as the NMU team dug a 2-0 hole in the first period, but scored three goals in the second and third periods to take the game 6-3. Last night NMU scored a season-high five goals, tonight that was thrown out the window.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 5-5-2 overall on the season and 4-3-1-0 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play. UNO is now 5-4-2 and 2-4-2-1 respectively.
The Mavericks put the puck in the net twice in the opening 20 minutes of play to take the early lead. Joey Martin gave UNO a 1-0 lead at 2:31 before Jeric Agosta made the score 2-0 with a goal at 19:35. Tyler Gron made the score 2-1 with his second goal of the season on the power play at 5:30 of the second period. Andrew Cherniwchan and Erik Gustafsson assisted on the goal. Greger Hanson tied the game at two-all with his third goal of the season at 14:03. Ray Kaunisto and Jared Brown assisted.
Also in the middle frame Mark Olver gave NMU its first lead of the game at 17:19 with the ‘Cats first shorthanded goal of the season. Olver’s eighth goal of the season was unassisted. UNO tied the game up in the third period when Alex Hudson scored at 7:45. The tie did not last long as Phil Fox scored his first goal of the season 40 seconds later, which turned out to be the game-winner (4-3), at 8:25. Olver and Justin Florek assisted.
NMU would add two more goals later in the final frame at 9:41 by Kaunisto assisted by Hanson and Chad Pietila (5-3). Olver finished off the scoring with an empty-net goal at 18:30 with Hanson picking up another assist (6-3). Three ‘Cats ended the night with multi-point games as Olver had two goals and an assist, Hanson had a goal and two assists while Kaunisto had a goal and an assist.
Brian Stewart picked up the win for the ‘Cats as he had 34 saves on the night. The Mavericks used two goaltenders. John Faulkner started the game between the pipes and played the first two periods and recorded 14 saves. Jeremie Dupont played the final 20 minutes and had 11 saves.
NMU was 1-3 on the power play while the Mavericks were 0-7. Shots were in favor of UNO by a 37-31 count.
The ‘Cats will spend the Thanksgiving weekend in Fairbanks, Alaska playing two games against the Nanooks (Nov. 27-28). The puck will drop at 11:35 p.m. each night.
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