OXFORD, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University hockey team will leave Ohio with a split against the Miami RedHawks with the 4-2 win on Saturday night. NMU lost to the RedHawks in the first game of the series on Friday by a score of 5-1. The win snapped the Wildcats two-game skid.
NMU improves to 5-4-1 overall and 2-2-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Miami falls to 7-3-0 and 4-2-0 respectively.
Brian Stewart responded in his first collegiate start between the pipes with 39 saves as he gave up two goals. He was named the first star of the game. Jeff Zatkoff for Miami ended the game with 18 saves.
Rob Lehtinen gave the ‘Cats the 1-0 lead when he scored his first goal of the season at 19:57 of the first period. Darin Olver and Mike Santorelli assisted.
The second period saw a trade off of goals. Miami tied the game at one-all with a short-handed marker by Nathan Davis at 5:14. Santorelli gave the ‘Cats the lead for good (2-1) with his team-high seventh goal of the season at 8:17. Matt Siddall and TJ Miller assisted.
Nick Sirota made the score 3-1 with his third goal of the season on the power play at 1:59 of the third frame. Nathan Sigmund and Matt Maunu assisted. Ryan Jones of the RedHawks cut the NMU lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal at 3:51. Pat Bateman put the game away with an empty-net goal at 19:06 (4-2). Bateman’s goal was unassisted.
Once again Miami had the upper hand with the shots at 41-22. NMU had five power-play opportunities on the night while the RedHawks had nine.
The ‘Cats will host Alaska next weekend (Nov. 10-11) at the Berry Events Center. The puck will drop both nights at 7:35 p.m.
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