OMAHA, Neb. – For the second night in a row the Northern Michigan University hockey team found itself in a hole against the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. Saturday night UNO recorded two first-period goals en route to a 5-3 win over the Wildcats. The two teams met four times during the regular season with the home team taking both games on its own ice.
Saturday night’s loss drops the ‘Cats to 10-10-6 overall on the season and 6-8-4-1inthe Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). UNO improves to 12-11-5 and 8-10-2-1 respectively.
The first 20 minutes of play saw the home team recorded two goals to take the lead. Scoring for the Mavericks were Alex Hudson (5:09) and on the power play John Kemp (12:29). Greger Hanson at 6:18 of the second period cut the lead to 2-1 with his ninth goal of the season. Ray Kaunisto and Tyler Gron assisted on the goal. Hudson scored his second goal of the night a little more than six minutes later to give UNO the 3-1 lead at 12:43, which was on the power play. Andrew Cherniwchan recorded his fifth goal of the season at 14:01 for a 3-2 game. Kyle Follmer and Justin Florek assisted on the goal.
Cherniwchan turned around and scored his sixth goal of the season, and second of the night, at 8:57 of the third period to tie the game at three-all. Kaunisto and Mark Olver picked up the assists on the goal. The NMU lead would not last as Nick Fanto scored the game-winning goal for the Mavericks at 17:31 for a 4-3 game. Fanto added an empty-net goal about two minutes later for the final tally (19:34) and his second of the night.
UNO had a slight advantage with the shots at 31-27. The ‘Cats were 0-4 on the power play while the Mavericks were 2-7. Brian Stewart was between the pipes for the ‘Cats tonight and recorded 26 saves. John Faulkner went the distance for the Mavericks and responded with 24 saves.
NMU will be home next weekend (Jan. 29-30) against the Nanooks of Alaska with the puck dropping each night at 7:35 p.m.
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