MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team keeps on rolling. Since the calendar turned to 2010 the Wildcats are now 10-3-4 with the 3-0 win over the Lake Superior Lakers Saturday night at the Berry Events Center. In the process the ‘Cats gained a first-round bye for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) playoffs beginning next week. NMU will now be in action the weekend of March 12-13-14 in a best two-of-three affair.
Overall on the season the ‘Cats improve to 17-11-8 and 13-9-6-3 in the CCHA as the team completes regular season play with a fourth-place finish in the conference. The Lakers enter post-season with a 15-16-5 and 10-15-3-2 records respectively.
Justin Florek put the ‘Cats on the board first with his 10th goal of the season at 1:21 of the second period. Mark Olver and Andrew Cherniwchan assisted on the goal. A little over five minutes later, Tyler Gron scored his first goal of the night at 7:05 for his sixth of the season on the power play. Cherniwchan and Olver assisted again. The third and final goal of the evening was recorded by Gron at 16:42 of the third period into an empty net. Assisting on Gron’s seventh goal of the season were Erik Gustafsson and Olver. Last night it was Olver’s turn to carry the team with two goals as Gron took over tonight.
Brian Stewart went the distance between the pipes for the ‘Cats as he registered 33 saves and picked up his fourth shutout of the season on Senior Night. The senior from Burnaby, British Columbia now has 10 shutouts in his NMU career. Shots were even at 33 for each side. The ‘Cats scored a power-play goal on its lone power play of the night while the Lakers were 0-2 with the extra skater.
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