MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team is one step closer to Joe Louis Arena and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Championships Friday night. NMU scored three first-period goals on nine shots and held on for a 4-3 win. NMU now leads the best-of-three series 1-0, with game two tomorrow night (March 13) at the Berry Events Center. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.
The Wildcats improve to 18-11-8 overall on the season while the Nanooks drop to 18-10-9.
NMU scored the first four goals of the game, for what seemed like a comfortable lead. Greger Hanson gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead with his 14th of the season at 1:15 of the first period. Kyle Follmer assisted on the goal. Andrew Fernandez knocked home his first goal of the season a little over 10 minutes later (11:44) for a 2-0 NMU lead. Andrew Cherniwchan and Justin Florek assisted on the goal. Tyler Gron made the score 3-0 less than a minute later (12:21) for his eighth of the season. Follmer assisted on the goal.
Follmer then scored a goal of his own at 11:29 of the second period for a four-goal advantage for the ‘Cats. Matt Bucher and Cherniwchan assisted on Follmer’s second goal of the season.
Then the Nanooks struck for three unanswered goals to make it close. Dustin Sather for Alaska made the count 4-1 at 14:38 of the middle frame on a power-play goal. The Nanooks scored twice in the third period to narrow the gap. Nik Yaremchuk’s goal at 11:47 made the score 4-2. Bryant Molle scored the final goal of the night, which was on the power play, for the Nanooks at 16:02.
Brian Stewart recorded 32 saves for the ‘Cats. Scott Greenham turned away 20 shots for Alaska.
Alaska had an 11-shot advantage over the ‘Cats at 35-24. NMU failed to score a power-play goal in three chances. Alaska on the other hand scored twice with the extra skater in seven chances.
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