Balanced Play Lifts the 'Cats
MARQUETTE, Mich. –The Northern Michigan University Wildcat hockey team (6-6-2, 5-4-1 CCHA) had four different players find the back of the net in a 4-0 victory over Bemidji State (2-8-1, 2-7-1 WCHA) on Friday, November 26. Not only were there no duplicate scorers for the ‘Cats but there also were no players earning more than one point on the night as six different players assisted on the goals. This is the first ever victory for the ‘Cats over the Bemidji State Beavers as well as the first game they’ve played against each other at Bemidji State.
Wildcat senior forward Nicholas Kosinski from Marquette, Michigan, opened the scoring as he scored an even strength goal with just 18 seconds left to play in the first period. CJ Ludwig assisted on the goal. Throughout the first period the shots were tied as Wildcat goalie Reid Ellingson turned away seven shots from the Beavers.
In period number two the ‘Cats were outshot 16 to 10 however once again Ellingson proved to be the stronger force in net. Wildcat senior forward Phil Fox scored at the 3:41 mark of the second period with assists from Justin Florek and Scott Macaulay to put the ‘Cats up, 2-0. The goal was Fox’s fourth of the year.
The third period proved to similar to the first two in that Wildcat goaltender Ellingson came up with big saves while the Wildcat offense added more points to the scoreboard. Just two minutes into the period freshman forward Erik Higby scored with assists by Stephan Vigier and Andrew Cherniwchan. At the 18:26 mark of the third period junior forward Tyler Gron picked up an empty net goal to put the ’Cats up, 4-0. The ‘Cats had eight shots on goal to total 25 on the night while the Beavers had 14 to total 37 on the night, all saved by Ellingson.
Ellingson was named the first star of the game for his performance which included 37 saves in 60 minutes played and no goals against.
The ‘Cats and Beavers will play again on Saturday, November 27 at 7:07 (CT) in Bemidji, Minn.