OXFORD, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University hockey team is still searching for its first win for the 2010-11 season. Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena on the Miami campus scored three first-period goals en route to a 9-1 win over the visiting Wildcats. The RedHawks took both games in the weekend series after last night’s 4-0 victory.
NMU falls to 0-4-1 overall on the season and 0-2-0 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play. Miami improves to 4-1-1 and 2-0-0 CCHA.
Vincent LoVende put the RedHawks on the scoreboard with a goal at 3:47 of the opening period. Reilly Smith five minutes later (8:47) made the score 2-0 with his goal. Pat Cannone added a power-play goal with 20 seconds left in the period for the 3-0 count.
Trent Vogelhuber opened up the scoring in the middle frame with a goal 18 seconds into the period (4-0). Kyle Follmer put NMU on the scoreboard for the first time all weekend with his first goal of the season at 6:56 (4-1). Justin Florek and Greger Hanson assisted. Smith then added a shorthanded goal at 18:01 for his second of the night.
Entering the third period of play the RedHawks were leading 5-1. Miami added to its lead with four goals in the final frame. Smith recorded a hat trick with his third of the night 31 seconds into the period for the 6-1 lead. Vogelhuber added his second goal of the game about two minutes later (2:26) for the 7-1 score. Andy Miele added a power-play goal at 5:24 (8-1). Cannone scored his second goal of the night at 16:01 for the final margin.
Jared Coreau and Reid Ellingson both saw time between the pipes for the ‘Cats. Coreau picked up the loss as he recorded 12 saves in a little over 20 minutes of work (20:18). Ellingson registered 13 saves the remainder of the way. Connor Knapp picked up the win for Miami with 15 saves. The RedHawks outshot the ‘Cats by a 34-16 margin. Miami was 2-8 on the power play while the ‘Cats were 0-6.
NMU will face Ohio State next week in the home CCHA opening series. The puck will drop each night (Oct. 29-30) at 7:35 p.m.
### NMU ###