MARQUETTE, Mich. – In was a typical rivalry game Friday night at the Berry Events Center, for the opening game of this year’s installment of the Superior Cup Showcase. The Northern Michigan University (0-1-0) hockey team struck first with two goals in the first period before the Michigan Tech Huskies (1-0-0) came back with two of its own in the period. In the end the Huskies prevailed in overtime by a score of 4-3. It was the opening game of the 2010-11 season for both sides.
Justin Florek gave the Wildcats the early 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season at 2:24 on the power play. Greger Hanson and Reed Seckel assisted on the goal. For Seckel it was his first career point as a ‘Cat. Four minutes later (6:24) Tyler Gron made the count 2-0 with his first marker of the season. Hanson and Stephan Vigier assisted on the goal. For Vigier it was his first career point.
Scott Macaulay was called for a checking from behind at 13:14 of the opening period. The Huskies took advantage of the power play. MTU score two goals during the five minutes with the extra skater. Benett Royer scored first at 16:54 then teammate Daniel Holnberg tied the score at two-all at 17:26.
Just a little over a minute (1:33) into the second period the Huskies took a 3-2 lead on a goal by Anthony Schooley. The score would hold up until Andrew Cherniwchan recorded his first goal of the season at 13:27 of the third period. The 3-3 score would last until the end of regulation.
In the overtime period Royer scored his second goal of the night which was the game-winner at 4:45.
NMU was 1-4 on the power play while MTU was 2-5. Reid Ellingson was between the pipes tonight for the ‘Cats as he registered 25 saves. Josh Robinson had 33 saves for the Huskies. NMU had 36 shots on the night to 29 for MTU.
NMU will face MTU again Tuesday night (Oct. 12) in Houghton with faceoff at 7:07 p.m. There will be a fan bus going to the game in Houghton. The bus will leave at 2 p.m. from the parking lot east of the Berry Events Center. It includes a game ticket in the NMU section all for $30. The pregame meal will be at The Library (4-6 p.m.) with a return immediately after the game. A reservation for a seat on the bus can be made by contacting The Point (100.3 FM) at 906-225-0656.
Tomorrow night (Oct. 9) the ‘Cats host the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs for the second game of the Superior Cup. The puck drops at 7:35 p.m.
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