MADISON, Wis. – Like Friday night, the Northern Michigan hockey team held a 2-0 lead in the first period and like Friday night, the game was tied in the third period. No. 17 Wisconsin took its first lead of the series with 3:43 left in the game when Derek Lee scored the game-winner and the Badgers defeated the Wildcats 3-2 from the Kohl Center.
Senior forward Justin Florek continued his strong play against the Badgers as he scored the first two goals of the game on the power-play. Florek has scored five goals and had an assist in his last four games against Wisconsin.
Tyler Barnes scored a power-play goal at 11:54 of the second period and Micheal Mersch added the equalizer five minutes later (16:21).
Senior forward Tyler Gron and junior defenseman Kyle Follmer assisted on Florek’s first goal. Freshman forward Dylan Walchuk picked up the lone assist on Florek’s second goal.
NMU (1-1-0, 0-0-0 CCHA) outshot Wisconsin (1-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) 33-28. Sophomore Jared Coreau made the start between the pipes for the ‘Cats. He had 25 saves, including 11 in the third period.
The ‘Cats took nine penalties and killed off 8-of-9 Badger power-plays. NMU was 2-for-7 on the power-play.
Northern hosts St. Cloud State in its opening weekend at the Berry Events Center on Friday (Oct. 14) and Saturday (Oct. 15). The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
Game Notes: Florek has 38 career goals…NMU has won thee of its last four games at the Kohl Center…Attendance was 11,158 at the Kohl Center.
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