MARQUETTE, Mich. – Entering the weekend the Northern Michigan University hockey team was searching for its first win of the season. After tonight’s game the Wildcats now have two on the season after sweeping Ohio State. NMU received goals from four different players en route to a 4-3 win over the Buckeyes.
The ‘Cats improve to 2-4-1 overall on the season and 2-2-0 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play. OSU falls to 2-5-0 and 1-3-0 CCHA.
NMU took the early 2-0 lead on first-period goal by Erik Higby at 3:49 and Andrew Cherniwchan at 7:50. Assisting on Higby’s first career goal was Reed Seckel. Cherniwchan recorded NMU’s first shorthanded goal of the season for his second goal of the season. CJ Ludwig was called for a major penalty at 15:15 of the period. The Buckeyes capitalized with two power-play goals in a span of 19 seconds to tie the game at two-all. Sergio Somma scored at 15:26 which was followed by Peter Boyd at 15:45.
Each team traded goals in the middle frame. OSU took the 3-2 lead on a goal by Chris Reed at 4:23. NMU came back to tie the score at three-all on a power-play goal by Kyle Follmer at 7:12 for his second of the season. Wade Epp, picking up his first career point, and Cherniwchan picked up the assists. Cherniwchan ended the night with two points.
Justin Florek scored the game-winning goal at 12:42 of the third period for his third of the season. It was his first non-power play goal of the season. Jared Brown and Tyler Gron assisted.
Jared Coreau, playing between the pipes on consecutive nights, responded with his second win and 33 saves. Cal Heeter registered 33 saves for OSU.
NMU recorded one more shot than OSU on the night (37-36). The ‘Cats were 1-3 on the power play while the Buckeyes were 2-6.
The ‘Cats face the Lakers of Lake Superior next week for a weekend series in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Face off both nights is 7:05 p.m. (Nov. 5-6).
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