MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Wildcats rallied from a two–goal deficit Friday night to finish the game in a 5-5 tie. NMU could not buy a goal Saturday against the Falcons.
Bowling Green raced out to a 3-o lead after 40 minutes of play. NMU had multiple scoring chances, but between Falcons goalie Chris Nell and the iron behind him, the Cats did not score, losing the game, 5-0. Walt Kyle said after the game that the trip to Alaska caught up with his guys Saturday night.
“It’s not a physical fatigue, it’s a real mental fatigue that you get. The guys aren’t sleeping and it’s just a tough, tough deal,” said Kyle. “We could feel it for sure as the game went on. You guys aren’t on the bench, but I could see it– we got really tired really tired, really flat. We hit four posts and we needed a couple of those to go in to give us a spark and they didn’t.”
“They took care of their opportunities they got and we were unfortunate with a few bounces,” said NMU co–captain Ryan Kesti. “I think the first two periods we play ed a lot more like we should. We took care of things defensively but the turnovers we had they capitalized on and that’s the sign of a very good team.”
NMU travels to Bemidji State later this week for what will be their final series of the calendar year.