ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team used two first-period goals en route to a 3-1 win over the Michigan Wolverines Friday night at Yost Ice Arena and in the process took over fourth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) standings. NMU’s win was the first for the Wildcats in Ann Arbor since a 2-1 decision in January of 2007 (1/13/07). The ‘Cats are now 8-2-4 since the calendar flipped to 2010.
With the win the ‘Cats improve to 15-10-8 overall on the season and 11-8-6-3 in the CCHA. UM falls to 17-16-1 and 12-12-1-0 respectively.
The NMU penalty kill unit stopped UM’s first three power play chances of the game. On NMU’s first power play of the game, Greger Hanson scored seven seconds into the power play to give the ‘Cats the 1-0 lead with his 12th goal of the season at 11:46 of the first period. Mark Olver and Jared Brown assisted on the goal. Less than two minutes later, Phil Fox scored his fifth goal of the season at 13:18 for a 2-0 NMU lead. Brown picked up his second assist on the night while Matt Butcher recorded the other assist.
The Wolverines got on the board on a goal by Carl Hagelin also in the first period at 16:54 for a 2-1 game. After a scoreless second period, Brown registered his third point of the game with an unassisted empty-net goal at 19:14 of the third period for the final score. For Brown it was his eighth goal of the season.
The NMU power play unit which currently leads the CCHA in overall and conference games was 1-6 with the extra skater. The ‘Cats now have at least one power-play goal in each of the past five games. UM was 0-8 on the power play for the game.
Brian Stewart picked up the win as he had 38 saves on the night. NMU was outshot by UM for the game by a 39-21 count. The ‘Cats recorded seven shots in the first period, 10 in the second and four in the third.
The two teams will play the second game of the weekend tilt Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m.
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