OMAHA, Neb. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team gave up a season-high seven goals Friday night to the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks to snap its six-game unbeaten streak. The home team took the game by a score of 7-2. After 20 minutes of play UNO held a 2-1 lead before NMU tied the game at two-all in the second period. The Mavericks then scored five unanswered goals for the win.
The Wildcats are now 10-9-6 overall on the season and 6-7-4-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). UNO improves to 11-11-5 and 7-10-2-1 respectively.
The Mavericks struck first on a goal by Jeric Agosta about half way through the first period (9:58). A little over a minute later, Justin Florek tied the game with his fifth goal of the season (11:04) on the power play. Florek’s goal was unassisted. The Mavericks ended the first period of play by scoring a goal at 16:25 by Rich Purslow for the lead (2-1).
Andrew Cherniwchan scored his fourth goal of the season on the power play 3:19 into the second period to tie the game at two-all. Ray Kaunisto and Kyle Follmer assisted on the goal. UNO then opened up the flood gates. The Mavericks added three goals in the middle frame, over a span of less than two minutes, by Terry Broadhurst (10:47), Dan Swanson (11:12) and Purslow (12:14) for a 5-2 lead after two periods of play.
The third period the Mavericks add to its lead on goals by Brandon Richardson at 3:07 for a 6-2 score. The final goal of the night was scored by Agosta at 12:40.
Brian Stewart began the game in goal for the ‘Cats as he gave up five of the goals and lasted a little more than 32 minutes. Stewart ended the game with 20 saves as he picked up the loss. Reid Ellingson came in relief and gave up two goals in a little more than 27 minutes of play. Ellingson recorded eight saves in his time between the pipes. Jeremie Dupont registered 22 saves in the win for the Mavericks.
UNO had an advantage on the shots with a 35-24 count. NMU was 2-8 on the power play while UNO was 1-4.
The two teams will play the back end of the weekend tilt Saturday night (Jan. 23) in Omaha with the puck dropping at 8:05 p.m. (Eastern).
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