MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team won its first game of the season Friday night at the Berry Events Center. NMU tallied a goal in the first and third periods to take the 2-1 game from Ohio State in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home opener.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 1-4-1 overall on the season and 1-2-0 in the CCHA. The Buckeyes fall to 2-4-0 and 1-2-0 CCHA.
After playing scoreless hockey for over 30 minutes of play, Tyler Gron scored his second goal of the season at 13:10 of the second period to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Assisting on the goal were Stephan Vigier and Brian Nugent. The score would remain that way until OSU tied the game a little over a minute into the third period. Danny Dries made the count 1-1 with his first goal of the season at 1:19. Greger Hanson recorded the game-winning goal about 14 minutes later (15:44) for the one-goal advantage. Andrew Cherniwchan was given the lone assist on the goal.
Jared Coreau picked up his first win in a Wildcat uniform with 26 saves on the night. Cal Heeter for OSU registered 23 saves on the night. Shots were almost even as OSU had two more than the ‘Cats (27-25). Neither team scored with the extra skater as NMU was 0-3 on the power play nor OSU was 0-4.
The two teams will square off Saturday night, Oct. 30 at 7:35 p.m., at the Berry Events Center for the second game of the weekend set. Tomorrow night’s game is part of “The Pink Experience” activities going on all day with NMU athletics.
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