MARQUETTE, Mich. –The Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats (6-7-2, 5-4-1 CCHA) ended their weekend with a split against the Bemidji State Beavers (3-8-1, 2-7-1 WCHA) as they fell to Bemidji, 3-0, on Saturday, November 27. The ‘Cats beat the Beavers, 4-0, on Friday, November 26.
Bemidji State managed to fire 37 shots on Wildcat goaltender Reid Ellingson for the second consecutive night as he had 37 saves on 37 shots on Friday (Nov. 26). The ‘Cats had just 17 shots on net themselves. Of those 17 Wildcat shots, ten came in the first period leaving just seven in the second and third period, combined. Dan Bakala saved all 17 Wildcat shots in-between the pipes for the Beavers to earn the shutout.
The first period was scoreless and featured a closely matched pair. The ‘Cats had ten shots on goal and the Beavers had 11 while each team also had just one penalty which gave the opposing team one power play opportunity.
The second period was a completely different story. The ‘Cats were outshot 19-3 and had to kill off three penalties in comparison to having no power plays for themselves. Emil Billberg opened up the scoring in the second stanza when he scored an even strength goal at the 1:34 mark to put Bemidji State up 1-0 over the ‘Cats. The Beavers then cashed in on their two-man advantage when Jordan George scored at 12:57 of the second period on a five-on-three Beaver power-play.
In the third period the ‘Cat were forced to pull Ellingson to gain an extra attacker. The Beavers scored on the Wildcat empty net with 46 seconds remaining in the game, sealing the win for Bemidji State.
The ‘Cats will return to their home ice when they host CCHA opponent Western Michigan on Friday and Saturday, December 3-4 at the Berry Events Center. Fans are encouraged to bring new hats and mittens on Saturday (Dec. 4) to be donated to the Rotary Warmth on Ice Promotion. The hats and mittens will be donated to local youth in need.