MARQUETTE, Mich. – The No. 19-ranked Northern Michigan hockey team lost for only the second time this season from the Berry Events Center. No. 6 Ferris State scored two first period goals and added an empty-net goal late in the third to defeat the Wildcats 3-1 on Saturday (Feb. 4).
With the loss, Northern is now 12-10-6 overall and 7-9-6-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The two teams skated to a 5-5 tie on Friday night with NMU earning the extra conference point with a 1-0 shootout win.
Redshirt freshman Reed Seckel scored the lone Wildcat goal with his seventh of the season. On the power-play, Seckel created a turnover, carried the puck into the offensive zone and found the upper corner of the net to cut the Bulldog’s lead to 2-1. The goal at 1:46 after the second intermission was unassisted.
Ferris State (18-8-4, 12-6-4-1 CCHA) jumped out to a one-goal lead 9:23 into the game with a power-play goal by Chad Billins. He caught a pass from Jordie Johnston and one-timed it past sophomore goaltender Jared Coreau.
Scott Czarnowczan made it a two-goal Ferris State lead when he took a shot from the blueline that fluttered through traffic into the back of the net. The assist went to Matthew Kirzinger.
The ‘Cats, and 3,000 fans, thought they tied it up midway through the final period when senior forward Justin Florek found senior forward Andrew Cherniwchan alone in front of the net. Cherniwchan shot the puck past FSU goaltender CJ Motte but the officials had a delayed penalty on Florek.
Kirzinger added an empty-net goal after NMU pulled Coreau for the extra attacker. Johnston picked up his second assist of the night.
NMU finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage. The Bulldogs were 1-for-4.
Coreau finished with 28 saves and is 8-5-2 on the season. Motte (5-4-2) had 24 saves for Ferris.
The ‘Cats hit the road for the next two weekends before wrapping up the regular season at home. Bowling Green (Feb. 10-11), the University of Michigan (Feb. 17-18) and Lake Superior State (Feb. 24-25) are the final opponents on the schedule.
Game Notes: The only other home loss was to Michigan State on Nov. 18…Seckel’s six career goals have all been scored this season…Brian Nugent must sit out the next game after a five-minute major and game disqualification for checking from behind.
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