MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team scored three first-period goals which held up for the entire 60 minutes against the Alaska Nanooks Saturday night at the Berry Events Center. In the end the Wildcats defeated the Nanooks by a score of 3-2.
NMU picked up five of a possible six points on the weekend to improve to 11-10-7 overall on the season and 7-8-5-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Alaska is now 10-9-7 and 7-9-6-4 respectively on the season.
Greger Hanson opened up the scoring in the first period with his 10th goal of the season at 2:48. Assisting on the goal were Jared Brown and Erik Gustafsson. Andrew Cherniwchan kept up his hot point streak with his eighth goal of the season at 4:53 for the 2-0 lead. Kory Kaunisto picked up his first collegiate point with the assist. The third goal of the period was scored by Mark Olver at 9:39 for his 13th of the season. Cherniwchan and TJ Miller picked up the helpers. Cherniwchan currently has a six-game point streak (6-2-8) which is a career high.
With NMU leading 3-0 after 20 minutes of play the Nanooks got on the board with a marker at 6:13 of the second period by Ron Meyers to cut the NMU lead to 3-1. Alaska pulled its goaltender with two NMU players in the penalty box for an extra-attacker power-play goal at 19:31 of the third period by Dion Knelsen for the final score.
Alaska ended the game with a five-shot advantage for the game (29-24). Power plays on the night saw the ‘Cats 0-2 while the Nanooks were 1-7.
Brian Stewart turned away 27 Alaska shots for the win. Scott Greenham recorded 21 saves on the night.
NMU goes on the road for its next to last regular season road series of the season next week with a set at Ferris State (Feb. 5-6).
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