Hockey Wins First of Season and Earns Non-Conference Series Split

Hockey Wins First of Season and Earns Non-Conference Series Split

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team picked up its first win of the season on Saturday (Oct. 19) with a 6-3 win over Nebraska Omaha from the Berry Events Center. The Wildcats buried three power-play goals in the second period to break the game open and split the non-conference series with the Mavericks.

Four Wildcats had at least two points in the game. There were 52 combined penalty minutes that led to 19 power plays for the two teams. NMU is now 1-2 on the season and begins Western Collegiate Hockey Association play next weekend with a home and away series against Michigan Tech.

The three second period goals were scored by junior forward Ryan Daugherty, senior captain CJ Ludwig and senior forward Stephan Vigier.

Daugherty tapped in a rebound after a blast by junior defenseman Mitch Jones 7:31 into the second. His first of the season was also assisted by junior defenseman Luke Eibler.

Ludwig buried his second of the season less than five minutes (11:54) later from Jones and freshman forward Shane Sooth. The power-play goal came on a shot from between the circles.

Vigier buried his team-leading third goal of the season with a power-play tally 13:03 into the second. Ludwig and Sooth assisted on the goal that gave NMU a 4-2 lead.

Senior forward Jake Johnson opened the game's scoring 2:39 after the initial puck drop. He scored his first of the season on a wraparound goal from sophomore forward DJ Vandercook and junior defenseman Jake Baker.

For UNO (2-2), Josh Archibald tied up the game at one with a power-play goal from Ian Brady and Dominic Zombo with 21 seconds left in the first period.

In the third period, freshman Brock Maschmeyer scored his first goal in the Green and Gold with a power-play tally midway (7:49) through. Freshman defenseman Barrett Kaib and sophomore forward Darren Nowick picked up assists.

Dominic Zombo scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway from Walters with nine minutes (10:57) left in the third to cut the NMU lead to 5-3.

Senior forward Erik Higby added an empty-net goal with 1:46 left in the third to seal the victory. Vigier assisted on Higby's first of the season.

Ryan Walters scored UNO's second goal with less than four minutes (16:15) left in the second period on a power-play tally from Archibald and Brady.

Sophomore goaltender Michael Doan had 22 saves in his second career start. Kirk Thompson had 25 saves for the Mavericks.

NMU was 4-for-10 on the man advantage after 12 UNO penalties. The Mavs were 2-for-9 after 10 minor penalties taken by Northern.

The Wildcats host Michigan Tech on Friday (Oct. 25) at 7:07 p.m. from the Berry Events Center for the first WCHA game of the season. The Huskies host Saturday (Oct. 26) night's game in Houghton.

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