MARQUETTE, Mich. – After last night’s 7-2 win Northern Michigan University and Western Michigan played a different type of game Saturday night. The Wildcats used a goal by Ray Kaunisto with 11 seconds left in regulation to take the game by a score of 2-1. In the process of the weekend the ‘Cats picked up six points in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) standings. Over the past three weekends the ‘Cats have registered 16 of a possible 18 points in the conference standings.
The win improves the ‘Cats overall record to 14-10-8 and 10-8-6-3 in the CCHA. Western falls to 8-17-5-4 and 4-16-4-1 respectively.
The Broncos struck first with a power-play goal at 14:46 of the first period by J.J. Crew. NMU tied the game in the second period on a goal by Kaunisto at 7:34 for his 13th of the season. Assisting on the goal were Greger Hanson and Tyler Gron. When he looked as if the game would go to overtime, Kaunisto with his 14th goal of the season, on the power play, was the hero as he was assisted by Mark Olver and Erik Gustafsson for the win (19:49).
Brian Stewart recorded 22 saves on the night. Riley Gill for the Broncos had 34. NMU had the advantage on the shots at 37-23. Each side scored a power-play goal during the game. The ‘Cats were 1-5 while the Broncos were 1-6.
NMU takes its final road trip of the regular season next week with a trek to Ann Arbor, Mich. to tangle with the Michigan Wolverines for a CCHA set (Feb. 19-20).
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