KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The No. 14 Northern Michigan hockey team lost in overtime to No. 7 Western Michigan on Saturday (Oct. 29) evening from Lawson Arena. The Broncos got the Central Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep, scoring the game-winning goal 28 seconds into the extra frame. The Wildcat’s sophomore forward Stephan Vigier once again scored both NMU goals like he did on Friday (Oct. 28) night.
Western (5-0-3, 3-0-1-1 CCHA) scored two goals in the first period to take the two-goal lead. Trevor Elias and Brett Beebe scored on NMU sophomore goaltender Jared Coreau.
NMU (4-3-1, 1-2-1-0 CCHA) coach Walt Kyle replaced Coreau with senior Reid Ellingson. The team responded, scoring two goals in the second to tie it at two. Vigier scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season for the ‘Cats. Sophomore forward Erik Higby and freshman defenseman Jake Baker picked up assists on Vigier’s first goal. Junior defenseman Kyle Follmer assisted on the second goal and Higby got his second point of the game with the secondary assist.
The Broncos killed off a 5-minute penalty at then end of regulation to get the game to overtime. Ian Slater buried the game-winner.
Ellingson finished the game with 23 saves for NMU. Coreau had three saves in the first period. WMU goaltender Frank Slubowski had 13 saves.
NMU took six penalties for 12 minutes. WMU had five penalties for 21 minutes. The ‘Cats were 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Broncos were 0-for-4.
Northern returns to the Berry Events Center next weekend, hosting Notre Dame at 7:35 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 4) and Saturday (Nov. 5).
Game Notes: NMU’s last win in Kalamazoo was Jan. 31, 2008…Vigier scored all four NMU goals over the weekend…Vigier has eight goals and 10 assists in 46 career games…Attendance was 3,361 at Lawson Arena.
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