MARQUETTE, Mich. – In an action packed game containing 62 shots, five goals, 11 power plays, 17 penalties and 56 penalty minutes the Northern Michigan University hockey 'Cats fell to the Ferris State Bulldogs, 4-1. The Wildcats are now 6-6-1 overall and 4-3-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Bulldogs sit atop the WCHA at 8-0-1 with a 11-2-1 overall record.
The Wildcats outshot the Bulldogs 15-10 in the opening stanza but the Bulldogs were able to slip two shots past Wildcat redshirt freshman goaltender Mathias Dahlstrom.
In the second period the Wildcats again outshot the Bulldogs, 11-9, but after five second-period power plays the Bulldogs light the lamp, scoring their third goal on Dahlstrom. The goal came during a double minor called against junior Reed Seckel. Freshman Brock Maschmeyer was serving Seckel's penalty as he was kicked out of the game along with Bulldog Andy Huff for fighting. Both Seckel and Huff will miss Saturday's game as a part of their disqualification.
In the third period the Wildcats and Bulldogs each scored power plays goals. Ferris State scored just 1:33 into the third period to take the 4-0 lead, but the Wildcats never let up. Sophomore Cohen Adair scored his third goal of the season with just 11 seconds left in the game. Freshman Sami Salminen and sophomore Luke Eibler assisted on the goal.
Dahlstrom finished the game with 17 saves on 21 shots in 41:33 minutes played. Freshman Derek Dun added 8 saves on 8 shots in 18:27 in net for the Wildcats. Adair had six shots on the night while senior Ryan Kesti added five shots for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats were 1 for 4 on the power play and 5 for 7 on the penalty kill.
The Wildcats and Bulldogs will play the second game of their two-game-series on Saturday, November 30, at 7:07 p.m. Fans are reminded to bring a teddy bear to toss on the ice during the first intermission. The Wildcats will donate the bears from the Teddy Bear Toss to a local charity.