Wildcats Open WCHA Play With Win At Ferris State

Wildcats Open WCHA Play With Win At Ferris State

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -  The Northern Michigan University Wildcats (3-1-1, 1-0-0-0 WCHA) opened conference play with a win over the Bulldogs of Ferris State (2-2-0, 0-1-0-0 WCHA) Friday evening in Big Rapids, Michigan. Four different Wildcats found the back of the net in the 4-3 victory, including three who netted the first of the season. Freshman forward Andre Ghantous opened the scoring for the Wildcats with a powerplay goal in the second and it was all Wildcats from there. 

Scoreless after one, the Bulldogs lit the lamp first before Ghantous and Ty Readman netted back-to-back goals to put the Wildcats up 2-1 at the 11:44 mark of the second period. Ferris State answered with a goal of their own before the two teams skated into the second intermission in a 2-2 tie with 20 minutes left to pull ahead.

Garrett Klee put Northern Michigan back on top just 2:26 into the third period before Joseph Nardi scored the eventual game-winner on the powerplay for the Wildcats' fourth goal of the night.

  • Andre Ghantous picked up Grant Loven's pass just outside the crease, lifting the puck over Ferris State's goaltender Salmenkangas' glove for the first of his career. Vincent de Mey also tallied an assist on the goal to extend his point-streak to a career-long five games.
  • Just over two minutes later, Ty Readman scored his first goal of the season when Loven made a similar pass towards the crease for Readmna to send home, giving the Wildcats the 2-1 lead halfway through the game.
  • Shortly after the second intermission, Garrett Klee found the back of the net for his first of the season. Caleb Schroer earned the primary assist on the goal as he crossed the puck over to Klee who beat the Bulldog goaltender glove side for the 3-2 lead. Adam Roeder was also credited with an assist on the play for his first point of the season.
  • The game-winner came at 13:15 of the final period as Griffin Loughran carried the puck into the Bulldog zone, passing it across to Nardi where he tapped in the backdoor feed. Darien Craighead was also credited with an assist on the play.
  • Northern Michigan posted 26 shots on goal in the victory while John Hawthorne stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced for a .914 save percentage.
  • The special teams held strong for the Wildcats on Friday night, capitalizing on two of their five chances with the man advantage while killing four the their five penalties. 
  • Four Wildcats continue their point streaks while Ty Readman starts one of his own with his goal tonight after an assist last Saturday at Boston University (1-1-2).
  • Vincent de Mey extends his season-long point-streak to five games with his assist on the first Northern Michigan goal and now has seven points through five games with five goals and two assists.
  • Griffin Loughran's assist on the game-winner brings his current streak to four games (2-3-5) while Darien Craighead (2-2-4) and Joseph Nardi (2-2-4) are both riding three-game streaks.

The Wildcats and Bulldogs close out the season series tomorrow evening at Ewigleben Arena at 6:07 p.m. before Northern Michigan returns home where they will host seven of their next eight games.