OMAHA, Neb. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team made its first appearance at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Tournament a memorable one as the Wildcats defeated the host school, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in the championship game by a 5-2 score.
Four Wildcats were named to the all-tournament team; Mike Santorelli led the way as he was named the MVP of the event. Matt Siddall, Zach Tarkir and Bill Zaniboni were selected to the all-tournament team.
With the win the ‘Cats are now 3-2-1 on the season. UNO falls 1-1-2.
NMU scored its first two goals of the game on the power play. Nick Sirota gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season at 9:57 of the first period. Santorelli and Darin Olver assisted. Tarkir made the score 2-0 with his second goal of the season at 4:08 of the second period. Siddall and Santorelli assisted.
Santorelli made the score 3-0 with his third goal of the season at 7:03 of the middle frame. Siddall and Tim Hartung assisted. The Mavericks cut the ‘Cats lead to 3-1 when Adam Bartholomay scored at 7:35 of the period. Siddall scored the fourth goal of the period at 15:20 to give the ‘Cats a 4-1 lead. The goal was Siddall’s third of the season. Santorelli and Hartung assisted.
UNO made the score 4-2 when Nick Fanto scored at 9:28 in the third period. Santorelli scored his second goal of the night, an unassisted short-handed marker, at 16:36 for the final score.
UNO had the advantage with the shots at 29-19. NMU was 2-3 on the power play for the game while the Mavericks were 0-8. Zaniboni ended the game with 27 saves.
NMU will open up Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play next weekend (Oct. 27-28) at the Berry Events Center. The ‘Cats will host the Ohio State Buckeyes.
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