MARQUETTE, Mich. – A total of seven different Wildcats scored Sunday afternoon in the exhibition game against Nipissing University. NMU wasted little time as the ‘Cats scored just nine seconds into the game and added anther goal a little over a minute later to cruise to an 11-0 win over the Lakers.
Andrew Cherniwchan got the ‘Cats rolling as he took the first shot of the game (00:09) which went in for the first score. CJ Ludwig and Justin Florek assisted on the goal. Erik Higby made the score 2-0 at 1:17 of the first period. Assisting were Stephan Vigier and Tyler Gron. Higby made the count 3-0 with his second goal of the game at 7:17 of the opening period on an assist from Gron. Gron added his own marker towards the end of the period (18:07) with a helper from Scott Macaulay for the 4-0 score after 20 minutes of play.
The middle frame saw the ‘Cats add two more scores. Kyle Follmer made it 5-0 with his power-play goal at 4:48. Vigier and Florek assisted. Jared Brown recorded an unassisted shorthanded goal at 16:45 for the 6-0 count.
In the final frame the ‘Cats turned the lamp on five times. Florek scored back-to-back goals in the frame at 3:52 and 10:53 respectively. Assisting were Cherniwchan, Higby and Macaulay. With the score 8-0 Cherniwchan added a power-play goal of his own at 14:54 (9-0). Gron assisted on the goal. Higby made the score 10-0 with another power-play goal at 15:47. CJ Ludwig assisted. Nichoals Kosinski recorded the final goal of the afternoon at 18:58. Chad Pietila and Kory Kaunisto assisted on the goal.
Higby ended the game with three goals. Cherniwchan and Forek scored twice each.
All three goaltenders saw action for NMU. Reid Ellingson started for the ‘Cats as he played the first period and registered five saves. Jared Coreau played the middle frame and had six saves. Devan Hartigan played the final 20 minutes and recorded seven saves.
NMU had 43 shots to 18 for Nipissing. The ‘Cast were 4-6 on the power play while the Lakers were 0-5.
The ‘Cats begin for real Friday night (Oct. 8) when they host the first game of the Superior Cup against Michigan Tech. Saturday night (Oct. 9) the ‘Cats host Minnesota-Duluth in the second game of the Superior Cup. The puck will drop each night at 7:35 p.m.
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