MARQUETTE, Michigan – Tomorrow will hopefully be a better day for the Northern Michigan University hockey ‘Cats as they look to rebound from an 8-1 loss against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Friday, January 7. The ‘Cats drew first blood as Mike Maltese scored an un-assisted goal in the first period, but the Irish proved to be too much for the ‘Cats to handle as they went on to score eight unanswered goals at the Berry Events Center. The ‘Cats fall to 9-10-4 overall and 7-6-2-0 in the CCHA while the first place Irish improve to 13-7-3 overall and 10-4-1-1 in the CCHA. The two teams will face off at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, at the Berry Events Center.
Notre Dame came at the Wildcats from all different angles controlling the puck for a majority of the game. All of the goals in the high-scoring game were scored by different players. The Irish scored goals while playing even strength, on the power play, on the penalty kill, and even one on a delayed penalty. Notre Dame held a two-goal lead after the first period as Wildcat Mike Maltese scored unassisted at 7:24 before Irish players Sean Lorenz and Anders Lee struck back at 10:13 and 16:04, respectively. Lee’s goal came on a delayed penalty that Wildcat CJ Ludwig went on to serve. Fortunately the Wildcats were able to kill the penalty and head into the locker room for the first intermission down by just one goal.
The Irish scored twice in the second stanza on goals by Sam Calabrese, just 26 seconds into the period, and Mike Voran at the 2:10 mark. Notre Dame came out and scored four goals in the third period that all came on special teams. Riley Sheahan scored a short-handed goal at 10:40 before Calle Ridderwall, Ben Ryan, and Joe Lavin all scored power play goals at 11:59, 18:23, and 19:45.
Although the Wildcats were penalized for 42 minutes on the night in comparison to just 10 minutes by the Irish, Notre Dame had just 9:37 minutes of power play time in comparison to 5:25 by Northern Michigan. The ‘Cats had 10 penalties for 42 minutes while Notre Dame had 5 penalties for 10 minutes. Overall on the night the Irish were 3 for 6 on the power play in comparison to the Wildcats who were 0 for 3. The Irish scored short-handed goals on two of the Wildcats power plays.
Wildcats Jared Coreau and Reid Ellingson split time between the pipes as Coreau started the game and recorded the loss after just 22:10 minutes of play. Coreau recorded 10 saves before Ellingson came in and stopped 21 in 37:50. Mike Johnson went the distance for Notre Dame and had 16 saves on 1 shots in 59:56 played.