MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan hockey team couldn’t pick up the points it needed to have next weekend off. Instead, the Wildcats will host Bowling Green State in the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs after being swept by the No. 10 University of Michigan. The Wolverines defeated NMU, 5-0, Saturday (Feb. 26) night from the Berry Events Center on Senior Night.
NMU finished the regular season 14-17-5 overall and 12-13-3-0 in the CCHA. Seniors Jared Brown, Andrew Fernandez, Phil Fox, Greger Hanson, Nick Kosinski, Mike Maltese, Robert Skinner and Erik Spady were all honored on the ice with their parents before the game.
Michigan (23-9-4, 20-7-1-0 CCHA) won the CCHA title outright—earning the number one seed in the conference tournament—because of the win and a Notre Dame loss.
Carl Hagelin scored two goals for the Wolverines. He scored a power-play gal late in the first period to give the visitors the one goal lead after the first. The goal was an intended pass for a streaking teammate but it bounced off an NMU defender and into the net. He also scored early in the third to make it 3-0. Matt Rust and Jon Merrill assisted on both of the goals.
Luke Glendening scored the second goal for the Wolverines. Rust added a goal of his own in the third and David Wohlberg finished off the scoring late in the third.
Two shots found their way past NMU goaltenders but were reviewed by officials and waived off.
Reid Ellingson got the start for NMU and made 17 saves. Jared Coreau came in relief and stopped 11 shots.
Michigan outshot NMU 33-16. Shawn Hunwick had 13 saves for Michigan and Bryan Hogan had three saves late in the third period.
The ‘Cats took six penalties for 12 minutes while Michigan and 3 for six minutes.
NMU will be the six seed and take on 11th seed Bowling Green State in a three-game series from the Berry Events Center. Times and ticket prices will be announced at a later date. The ‘Cats are 2-1-1 with the Falcons this season.
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