ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It was a back and forth hockey game at Yost Ice Arena Saturday night between the Northern Michigan University Wildcats and the Wolverines of the University of Michigan. NMU was looking for its first sweep of Michigan in Ann Arbor since October 2001. NMU scored first, but the Wolverines led after two periods of play (3-2) as each side added two goals in the final frame for a 5-4 Michigan win. The ‘Cats leave Ann Arbor with a split of the weekend series against the Wolverines after last night’s 3-1 win.
With the loss the ‘Cats dropped to fifth (before Alaska's game) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) standings. Overall on the season NMU is currently 15-11-8 and 11-9-6-3 in conference play. Michigan improves to 18-16-1 and 13-12-1-0 respectively.
For the second night in a row, Greger Hanson opened up the scoring for the ‘Cats with his 13th goal of the season at 10:17 of the first period. His goal was unassisted as he now has four first goals on the season. The Wolverines would take a 2-1 lead in the second period when they turned the red light on 10 seconds apart. Michigan scored goals at 8:02 by Luke Glendenning and then at 8:12 by Kevin Lynch.
A little over a minute later, Justin Florek tied the game at two-all with his ninth goal of the season at 9:52. Mark Olver and Andrew Cherniwchan assisted on the goal. The home team would end the middle frame with a 3-2 lead after Ben Winnett scored a power-play goal at 14:11.
Erik Gustafsson tied the game at three-all with his third goal of the season at 3:32 of the third period. Picking up their second assists on the night were Cherniwchan and Olver. A little over a minute later (4:46) Jared Brown gave the ‘Cats a 4-3 lead with his ninth goal of the season. Defensemen Andrew Fernandez and Erik Spady picked up the assists.
The Wolverines took the win away from the ‘Cats with two goals a minute apart. Michigan tied the game at four-all on a power-play goal by Chad Langlais at 8:42 and then Greg Pateryn knocked home the game-winner at 9:42.
Shots were in favor of the home team (32-27). The ‘Cats were blanked on the power play (0-4) while the Wolverines were 2-6. Brian Stewart recorded 27 saves for NMU. Picking up the win was Michigan goaltender Bryan Hogan with 23 saves.
The ‘Cats will conclude the 2009-10 regular season with a home series against the Lake Superior Lakers Friday and Saturday (Feb. 26-27).
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