KALAMAZOO, Mich. – On Wednesday night the Wildcats gave up five goals in the loss to Minnesota-Duluth. Move forward a couple of days, at Western Michigan tonight the ‘Cats scored four goals in the second frame en route to a 7-2 win over the Western Michigan Broncos.
Mike Santorelli picked up his first career hat trick in the win. NMU scored four of its seven goals on the power play. The ‘Cats were 4-5 with the extra man and shutout WMU on its power plays (0-9).
With the win the Northern Michigan University hockey team is 7-5-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). WMU falls to 4-5-1 and 3-5-1 respectively.
Darin Olver scored the first power-play goal of the game at 6:52 of the opening stanza for his fourth goal of the season. Rob Lehtinen and Zach Tarkir assisted.
The second period saw the ‘Cats take the 2-0 lead when Mike Santorelli scored his first goal of the game and ninth of the season at 00:28. Bobby Selden assisted. The home team would cut the lead in half to 2-1 when Brian Bicek scored at 4:20. Santorelli and Andrew Sarauer added power-play markers about a minute apart to give the ‘Cats the 4-1 advantage. Santorelli’s goal (5:49) was his second of the night and 10th of the season. Olver and Nick Sirota assisted. Sarauer’s goal (6:38) was his second of the season as Matt Siddall assisted.
Olver then added his second goal of the game to give the ‘Cats the 5-1 lead, still in the second period at 10:28. Lehtinen picked-up his second assist on the night. WMU’s Chris Clackson scored to make the count 5-2 at 18:52.
The final 20 minutes of play saw the ‘Cats extend its lead with two goals. Santorelli’s third goal of the game and 11th of the season, a power-play marker, at 6:21 gave the ‘Cats the 6-1 lead. Sarauer picked-up his second point of the night with the assist. Matt Maunu was given the other assist. Dusty Collins finished off the scoring with his second goal of the season at 7:30 (7-1).
For the third game in a row the ‘Cats had over 20 shots for the game. Tonight NMU was outshot 30-24. Bill Zaniboni (6-5-2) had 28 saves on the night for NMU. Riley Gill (3-1-1) suffered his first loss on the season, but had 17 saves.
NMU will look for the sweep tomorrow night (Nov. 18) at Lawson Ice Arena.
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