MARQUETTE, Michigan – Allowing eight power plays, and only having two themselves, proved to be too much for the Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats. The ‘Cats (11-14-4, 9-10-2-0 CCHA) were defeated by the Lake Superior State Lakers (8-12-7, 6-9-6-4) in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action as the Lakers cashed in on four of their eight power play opportunities while fighting off both Wildcat power plays. The ‘Cats and Lakers will face off again at the Berry Events Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 7:35 p.m.
Domenic Monardo drew first blood in the game when he scored a power play goal at 3:04 of the first period. Wildcat Mike Maltese (Eastpointe, Mich.) tied the score at one when he scored an even strength goal at 19:37 of the first period, assisted by Nick Kosinski and Tyler Gron. From that point on it was all about the Lakers as they went on to score three unanswered goals and earn the victory over the ‘Cats.
The Wildcats tallied 41 penalty minutes on 11 penalties, with five of those penalties being called in each the second and third period. The Lakers had four penalties for 16 minutes with two penalties coming in the second period, and two in the third. On the shooting side of things, the Wildcats were only able to get 19 shots on target in comparison to 32 by the Lakers. Wildcat Reid Ellingson saved 28 of the 32 shots that he faced while Laker goaltender Kevin Kapalka stopped 18 of 19.