MARQUETTE, Mich. – It seemed for almost 50 minutes of the game Saturday night against Minnesota-Duluth the Northern Michigan University hockey team could not get it going. The Bulldogs opened the scoring with two power-play goals in the first period and added another marker in the third period for a 3-0 lead. NMU scored twice towards the middle of the final frame, but it was not enough as the visitors held on for the 3-2 win in the second game of the Superior Cup Showcase.
NMU falls to 0-2-0 on the season while UMD is now 1-0-1. The Bulldogs tied Lake Superior last night (6-6) in Sault Ste. Marie.
Dylan Olsen opened up the scoring for the Bulldogs with a power-play goal under a minute into the game (00:51). Later in the period (9:38) Bady Lamb added a power-play goal of his own for the 2-0 lead. UMD made the count 3-0 with a goal at 2:11 of the third period by Justin Faulk.
Andrew Fernandez tried to get the Wildcats back in the game as he registered two goals later in the third period. Entering the game he had three goals for his entire career. His first goal of the night and season came at 12:15 to cut into the UMD lead (3-1). Jared Brown assisted on the goal. Fernandez’s second goal was scored a little over a minute later (13:58) to get the ‘Cats to within one (3-2). Greger Hanson picked up one of the assists as Phil Fox was given credit for the other assist. Hanson ended the weekend with three assists.
Reid Ellingson started the game between the pipes for the ‘Cats as he lasted a little over two periods of play (42:11) He ended the night with 22 saves. Jared Coreau saw his first action in an NMU uniform. He recorded 11 saves in almost 17 minutes (16:39 of work. Kenny Reiter tallied 19 saves for the Bulldogs.
UMD had the shot advantage at 36-21. NMU was 0-2 on the power play while UMD was 2-4.
The ‘Cats are back on the ice Tuesday night in Houghton against Michigan Tech. The puck will drop 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.
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