Nathan Ward had a goal in Lake State's Friday night win over the Bowling Green State University Falcons.
Northern Still Unbeaten in League Play; Lakers and Huskies Grab First Victories
by Brandon Craig
MiCHO Upper Peninsula Correspondent
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Saturday night’s 4-1 drubbing of Notre Dame has put the Northern Michigan Wildcats right where they want to be—nationally ranked and poised for a run at the CCHA tournament.
The No. 11 Wildcats (4-1-1, 3-0-1 CCHA) picked up three of four points on the road against the Irish and have yet to be defeated in a CCHA game. Friday the ‘Cats and Irish played an all out defensive battle only to come to a 1-1 deadlock before the Wildcats took control of the series and crushed the Irish, 4-1, Saturday.
Northern Michigan is also receving big nods from the big shots in the college hockey world, taking on the No. 11 spot on the most recent USCHO.com national polls.
Northern will resume play this weekend with a home and home series against U.P. arch-rival Michigan Tech for another poke at the Ramada Cup, which determines bragging rights between the two schools.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - The CCHA Offensive Player of the Week is Northern Michigan freshman forward Mike Santorelli (Burnaby, B.C.), who recorded three goals in two games at Notre Dame. Santorelli scored Northern Michigan's lone goal in Friday night's 1-1 tie. In Saturday's contest, a 4-1 NMU victory, Santorelli scored two goals, one of which came on the power play. Santorelli, tied for the team scoring lead with three others, has a 5-1-6 line in six games.
Northern Michigan junior defenseman Geoff Waugh (Winnipeg, Man.) is the CCHA Defenseman of the Week. Waugh picked up his first point of the season with an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win at Notre Dame and combined for an overall +2 rating on the weekend. Waugh played part of a penalty-killing unit that was 10-for-11 in two games against the Irish.
HOUGHTON, Mich. - The Michigan Tech Huskies managed to get at least one win this past weekend against Alaska-Anchorage, who was in town for a two-game WCHA set.
Friday night the Huskies (1-5-0, 1-5-0 WCHA)rocked the visiting SeaWolves 5-1 at MacInnes and then lost a heatbreaker to Alaska-Anchorage 5-4.
Colin Murphy scored a highlight-reel goal midway through the second period, backhanding the puck into the top right corner of the net from in tight after a nice feed from Chris Conner.
Lars Helminen scored the fifth goal of the game after the UAA netminder had lost his stick.
Bryce Luker picked up the win Friday with 36 saves.
from Michigan Tech University athletics…
BATTLE FOR RAMADA CUP BEGINS -- One of college hockey’s hottest rivalries renews this week when Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan do battle in the first two games in the quest for the Ramada Cup. Thursday’s game in Houghton is set for 7:07 pm at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Saturday’s rematch will be staged in Marquette at the Berry Events Center.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Lake Superior State Laker fans can take solace knowing that the Lakers picked up a road win at Bowling Green Lake State (1-5-0, 1-3-0 CCHA) pounded the Falcons 5-1 Friday night before falling, 2-1 Saturday.
Laker forward Mike Adamek scored the game-winning goal 10 minutes into the second period Friday. A minute after Adamek's game-winning-goal, Nathan Ward gave his team the two goal cushion and the Lakers didn’t look back.
Jeff Jakaitis picked up his first win of the season posting a 27 save effort on Friday.
LSSU will host Alaska-Fairbanks at Taffy Abel Arena in the Soo this Friday and Saturday.