FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Northern Michigan University hockey ‘Cats rebounded on Saturday, Nov. 30, to beat the Alaska Nanooks, 4-1, in the second game of their two game series. The Wildcats finish their 4-game stint in Alaska with two wins and two losses. The Wildcats are now 8-3-1 overall, 5-3-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Senior defenseman Jake Baker led the Wildcat attack with two goals and an assist in the win, with all four goals coming on the power play. Baker’s first goal came on a shot from the slot that beat Nanook goaltender Davis Jones to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead at 7:14 of the first period. Alaska tied the game at 1-1 with an even strength goal at 8:47 of the first period but the Wildcats responded at 15:21 of the first period when junior defenseman Barrett Kaib scored his first goal of the season with assists going to Darren Nowick and Gerard Hanson.
The Wildcats added to their lead in the second period at 14:55 when Reed Seckel scored on the power play to take the Wildcat lead to 3-1. Nowick and Baker assisted on the goal. Jake Baker scored his second goal of the night at 1:02 of the third period. Gerard Hanson and Barrett Kaib assisted on the goal.
Alaska had nine penalties for 32 minutes and the Wildcats went four of seven on the power play. The Wildcats had four penalties for eight minutes and the Wildcat penalty kill stopped all three Nanook power plays.
Mathias Dahlstrom stopped 29 of 30 Alaska shots on the night. The Wildcats tallied 29 shots, with Davis Jones tallying 25 saves.
The hockey ‘Cats return to Marquette to host Bowling Green on Friday and Saturday, December 5-6.
(Information Courtesy of NMU Athletics)