MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team recorded a season-high seven goals Friday night at the Berry Events Center en route to a 7-2 win over the visiting Western Michigan Broncos. NMU exploded for four goals in the second period. The Wildcats outshot the Broncos 25-19 for the game.
NMU improves to 13-10-8 overall on the season and 9-8-6-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). WMU falls to 8-16-5 and 4-15-4-1 respectively on the season.
Greger Hanson tallied the first score on the night at 4:55 of the first period for his 11th goal of the season. Assisting on the goal were Tyler Gron and Ray Kaunisto. WMU answered with two goals to take a brief 2-1 lead. Scoring for the Broncos was Kyle O’Kane at 10:34 and Matt Tennyson on the power play at 17:32. Mark Olver scored the first of his two goals on the night at 18:10 to tie the score at two-all. TJ Miller and Justin Florek picked up the helpers.
Andrew Cherniwchan began the scoring parade in the second period with his ninth goal of the season at 2:32 for a 3-2 score. Gron and Olver assisted on the goal. Florek made it 4-2, as he got in on the goal count with his eighth of the season on the power play at 5:19. Olver and Brown assisted. Matt Butcher seeing his first action in a couple of weeks scored his fourth goal of the season at 6:04 for a three-goal lead (5-2). Brown and Phil Fox picked up the assists. Cherniwchan finished off the period the way he started it with a goal this time on the power play for his 10th of the season at 14:51 and a 6-2 count. Kaunisto and Miler assisted.
Olver added his second goal of the night and 17th of the season just 23 seconds into the third period for the final score. Florek and Cherniwchan assisted on the goal. Olver ended the night with four points on two goals and two assists while Cherniwchan registered three points on two goals and an assist. Florek also had three points on a goal and two assists.
Brian Stewart picked up the win with 17 saves as he is now 11-8-7 on the season. Riley Gill began the game in goal for the Broncos and lasted two periods as he gave up six of the goals and had 16 saves. Jerry Kuhn played the third period as he gave up a goal and had two saves.
NMU was 2-3 on the power play while WMU was 1-4.
The two teams will square off again Saturday night (Feb. 13) at the Berry Events Center. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.
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