MARQUETTE, Michigan – The Northern Michigan University Hockey Wildcats gained important points in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association as they completed a weekend sweep of the Ferris State Bulldogs with a 3-1 victory on Saturday, Jan. 22. The ‘Cats are now 11-11-4, 8-7-2 CCHA, while the Bulldogs are 11-12-4, 8-10-3-2 CCHA. The ‘Cats were in eighth place in the CCHA going into tonight’s game, but were just three points being fourth place Ferris State.
The Wildcats opened up the scoring as junior Andrew Cherniwchan (Hinton, Alta) scored his sixth goal of the year at 13:03 of the first period to give the Wildcats the lead which they would hold on to for the rest of the game. Justin Florek (Marquette, Mich.) scored the game winning goal at 16:14 of the first period with assists going to Stephan Vigier (Notre Dame, Man.) and Greger Hanson (Lidingo, Sweden). In the second period the Ferris State Bulldogs had 11 shots on goal in comparison to just one by the Wildcats and Bulldog Aaron Schmit (Grafton, Wis.) was able to put one of those shots past Wildcat goaltender Reid Ellingson (Cloquet, Minn.) at 4:32 of the second period to put Ferris State down by just one goal. Wildcat red-shirt freshman Wade Epp (Chilliwack, B.C.) put a shot on net at 18:11 of the third period that Bulldog goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield, Mich.) couldn’t get in front of to seal the Wildcat victory.
Reid Ellingson finished the night with 32 saves on 33 shots while Pat Nagle had 15 saves on 18 shots for the Bulldogs. The Wildcat power play was not able to score on its lone opportunity however the Wildcat penalty kill unit was able to stop the Bulldogs on all five of their power play attempts.
Next weekend (Jan. 28-29) the ‘Cats will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to take on the Western Michigan Broncos in a two-game series. The ‘Cats and Broncos played in Marquette back in early December and the Wildcats picked up three points on a 3-1 victory and 4-4 tie in overtime.