MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team hosted the University of Minnesota-Duluth from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) on Wednesday night in a non-conference game. Both teams scored three power-play goals, but the Bulldogs scored all of them in the second period when they turned the light on five times. UMD took the game by a score of 6-4.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 6-5-2 overall on the season. UMD improves to 3-5-3.
NMU had a 1-0 lead thanks to Darin Olver’s third goal of the season at 14:26 of the first period. Pat Bateman and TJ Miller assisted. The Bulldogs would answer on a goal by Mason Raymond at 16:10.
In the second period the Bulldogs scored twice within 30 seconds to take a 3-1 lead. Drew Akins scored at 1:18 before Matt Greer added his marker at 1:48. UMD’s next three goals were scored on the power play. MacGregor Sharp scored the first and second power-play goals. His first goal was at 5:42, he added another marker at 10:50 (5-1). Trent Palm made the score 6-1 with his first goal of the season which was on the power play. For the night UMD had six power-play opportunities.
Miller scored his first career goal, which was on the power play, at 16:02 of the second period to cut the Bulldogs lead to 6-2. Zach Tarkir and Nick Sirota assisted.
In the third period the ‘Cats made a valiant effort to get back in the game. NMU added two power-play goals. Matt Maunu made the count 6-3 with a power-play goal at 3:04, for his second goal of the season. Olver and Miller assisted on both third period goals. Sirota tallied his own power-play marker at 4:28 for his fifth goal of the season (6-4). Miller ended the game with four points (1-3). NMU had 10 trips on the power play for the game.
Brian Stewart started in goal for the ‘Cats and was replaced by Bill Zaniboni during the second period. Stewart then went back into the game to begin the third period and finished out the game. He ended the game with 20 saves as Zaniboni had 10. Zaniboni was credited with the loss. Josh Johnson for the Bulldogs turned away 22 shots. UMD had the edge in shots at 36-26.
NMU will not waste any time as they will be on a bus Thursday morning for Kalamazoo to face the Western Michigan Broncos for a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series (Nov. 17-18).
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