MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan had a chance to climb the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings as the No. 10 University of Michigan came to town. The Wildcats were down a goal and on the power-play with two minutes to go but couldn’t get the equalizer as they were defeated by the Wolverines, 3-2, from the Berry Events Center on Friday (Feb. 24) night.
Chad Langlais took a cross-checking penalty at the 17:56 mark in the third period, giving NMU the chance it needed. Reid Ellingson was pulled for the extra attacker with a minute to go. The ‘Cats got a flurry of shots of on Michigan net-minder Shawn Hunwick but he made all the stops.
Andrew Cherniwchan scored the second goal for NMU at the 3:38 mark to bring the ‘Cats to within one. Greger Hanson found him wide open on the face-off dot to the left of Hunwick. The secondary assist went to CJ Ludwig. It was Cherniwchan’s eighth of the season.
Chris Brown scored—what proved to be the game-winner—at 18:58 of the second period. Louie Caporusso won the draw—off to the left of Ellingson—back to Brown who found the top corner of the net.
NMU (14-16-5, 12-12-3-0 CCHA) was down 2-0 after the first before Jake Johnson scored his first career goal with the assists going to Brian Nugent and Scott Macualay.
Michigan’s (22-9-4, 18-7-1-0 CCHA) first two goals came from Mac Bennett and David Wohlberg. Bennett’s shot hit the post and ricocheted off Ellingson’s back and across the goal line. Wohlberg found himself right in front of Ellingson and slid the puck underneath for his 12th goal of the season.
Both teams had 23 shots on goal. NMU had five penalties and Michigan had seven; all were 2:00 minors.
Hunwick got the win for Michigan. He is now 15-7-4. Ellingson is 9-11-3.
The two teams will finish the final regular season series—for both teams—on Saturday (Feb. 26) night at 7:35 p.m. NMU will honor its eight seniors on the ice before the game.
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