ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 20-ranked Northern Michigan hockey team had its two-game win streak snapped as it fell 4-1 in the first game of the two-game series against the No. 5-ranked University of Michigan on Friday (Feb. 17) night from Yost Ice Arena.
The Wolverines scored two goals in the first period and two in the third. Northern falls to 14-11-6 overall and 9-10-6-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association for 36 league points.
“I thought we did some things well,” NMU coach Walt Kyle said. “I mean basically their power-play beat our power-play and that was the difference.”
Michigan (19-10-4, 13-8-4-1 CCHA) finished 2-for-2 on the man advantage while NMU was 0-for-6.
Freshman forward Ryan Daugherty scored the lone Wildcat goal at 11:16 of the second period. It was the first of his career as he went top shelf over Wolverine goaltender Shawn Hunwick. Junior defenseman Kyle Follmer assisted on the goal for his team-leading 20th helper. Sophomore forward Austin Handley also assisted for his third point of the season.
“I thought Ryan Daugherty was arguably our best forward tonight” Kyle said. "He did a great job and he’s been growing and improving like crazy. He certainly deserved the goal."
Phil Di Giuseppe got Michigan on the board 9:59 into the game with his ninth of the season. The Wolverines created a turnover deep in NMU territory to gain possession. A.J. Treas picked up the assist.
Alex Guptill (15) added to the lead when he tipped in a shot by Greg Pateryn on the power-play at 14:07 of the period. David Wohlberg also assisted on the goal.
Derek DeBlois (6) made it a two-goal game again late in the third period (15:30) and Lee Moffie (6) added a power-play goal with less than two minutes left in the game.
Sophomore goaltender Jared Coreau made 24 saves and is now 10-6-2 on the season. Hunwick (19-9-3) had 26 saves.
The two teams face off at 5:06 p.m. on Saturday for the series finale. Fox Sports Detroit will televise the game live. Viewing parties have been setup for Wildcat Night Across the Country. Fans in Marquette are getting together at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the game. The full list of parties can be found at:
Coach Kyle added some keys for a Wildcat victory on Saturday, “Number one, our special teams are going to have to be a lot better,” Kyle said. “Number two, we need to limit mistakes. We had a turnover deep in our zone in the first period and bang it was in the net for the first goal. We had a bad change on the third goal and we took a bad penalty on the fourth. We just need to make sure we do a better job of limiting mistakes.”
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Game Notes: It was the sixth straight sellout at Yost Ice Arena…NMU is now 1-1-1 against Michigan this season…Follmer has a career-high 20 assists on the season.
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