OXFORD, Ohio – Entering the game on Friday night the Northern Michigan University hockey team’s penalty kill unit was ranked as one of the top units in the country. The Wildcats had given up five power-play goals on the season (55-60 for .917 percent). Miami scored four of its five goals for the game on the power play for the 5-1 win.
With the loss the ‘Cats are now 4-4-1 overall on the season and 1-2-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The RedHawks improve to 7-2-0 and 4-1-0 respectively.
The RedHawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Alec Martinez scored a power-play goal at 5:55 of the first period. Less than 30 seconds later the ‘Cats would answer with a short-handed marker by Mike Santorelli for his team-high sixth goal of the season at 6:17. Darin Olver assisted. The home team would take the lead for good with a goal by Nathan Davis at 15:52 of the period (2-1).
Davis would add two more goals on the night for the RedHawks. He would make the score 3-1 with a power-play goal at 3:36 of the second period. Brian Kaufman made the count 4-1 with a power-play goal of his own at 17:17 of the period. Davis scored his third goal of the game at 7:29 of the third period.
NMU generated 18 shots on the night while the RedHawks had 39. The ‘Cats had five power-play opportunities and could not capitalize. Miami had eight chances on the night with the extra man.
Bill Zaniboni started in goal for the ‘Cats and had 26 saves in two periods of action. Brian Stewart played the third period for the ‘Cats and had eight saves. Charlie Effinger for Miami had 17 saves on the night.
The two teams will skate again on Saturday night (Nov. 4) at the Steve Cady Arena on the Miami campus as the puck will drop at 7:05 p.m.
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