SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team down 3-0 after 40 minutes of play found the back of the net three times in the third period, but it was not enough Saturday night at Taffy Abel Arena as the Lake Superior Lakers swept the Wildcats with the 6-3 win.
NMU falls to 6-8-4 overall on the season and 5-6-3-0 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play. The Lakers improve to 10-7-3 and 7-6-1-0 respectively.
LSSU took a 2-0 lead in the first period on power-play goals by Zac MacVoy (6:31) and Will Acton (10:28). Rick Schofield made the count 3-0 at 9:17 of the middle frame.
Jared Brown cut into the Lakers lead, 3-1, with his fourth goal of the season at 3:33 of the third period. Assisting on the goal were Mark Olver and Matt Butcher. Brown then added his second goal of the evening and fifth of the season, which was shorthanded, a little less than three minutes later (6:19) for a 3-2 score. Andrew Cherniwchan and Erik Gustafsson assisted. A little more than a minute later the Lakers answered with their own shortie by John Scrymgeour at 7:48 for a 4-2 game.
TJ Miller again got the ‘Cats to within a goal, 4-3, at 12:17 with his second of the season. Olver and Greger Hanson assisted. The Lakers closed out the game with back-to-back empty-net goals at 19:15 by MacVoy and at 19:50 by Chad Nehring for the final margin.
Reid Ellingson began the game in goal for the ‘Cats. He lasted almost 11 minutes and gave up two goals with eight saves. Brian Stewart came in and recorded a little over 48 minutes of action. He ended the night with two goals-against and 27 saves.
NMU was 0-5 on the power play while the Lakers were 2-6. Lake Superior had 10 more shots on the night than the ‘Cats (41-31).
NMU will close out 2009 with a non-conference game next week against Michigan Tech (Friday, Dec. 18 at 7:35 p.m.)
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