MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan University hockey program completed the sweep of the weekend with a 5-3 victory over Western Collegiate Hockey Association foe Ferris State Saturday night. Five Wildcats lit the lamp in the contest while four individuals recorded multi-point nights.
Although scoreless through the first period of play, the Wildcats and Bulldogs both saw a handful of quality chances on net with NMU holding the slight edge in shots, 10-8.
The Wildcats broke the 0-0 tie at 6:43 of the middle frame when Alex Frye found the back of the net off a wraparound shot.
The Bulldogs got a goal back with 8:09 to play in the period to knot things up at 1-1 but NMU would answer back when Andre Ghantous found twine at 14:18 of the middle frame for the 2-1 lead.
NMU extended their lead to two goals when Brandon Schultz found the back of the net during four-on-four hockey.
The two teams would skate to the locker rooms for the second intermission following a four-goal period which saw the Wildcats up 3-1.
Colby Enns scored for the Wildcats in the third period, ringing a shot off the pipe and into the net, unassisted, for the 4-1 lead.
FSU found their second of the game at 5:09 of the third period to cut the Wildcat lead back to two as the Wildcats continued to skate on, up 4-2.
With just 2:42 left in regulation, the Bulldogs pulled within one when they grabbed the loose puck and beat Nolan Kent in the crease for the 4-3 tally.
Griffin Loughran sealed the deal for the Wildcats Saturday night, finding the empty net for the 5-3 final.
The Wildcats are back on the road next weekend with a trip to Sault Ste. Marie to face Lake Superior State University on Feb. 5-6. Puck drop on Friday night is set for 7:07 p.m. before a 5:07 p.m. start the following night.