Northern captain Nathan Oystrick scored the overtime gamewinner
(photo courtesy of Northern Michigan University Athletic Dept.)
Wildcats Dominate Mavericks in Home Sweep
Lakers Split with Beavers
Huskies Give up 2-1 lead, Swept by Denver
By Brandon Craig
MiCHO Upper Peninsula Correspondent
MARQUETTE – The No. 15 Northern Michigan Wildcats added four points to their season in an impressive home sweep of the visiting Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.
The ‘Cats (8-4-2, 6-3-1 CCHA), behind a late game-winning goal by captain Nathan Oystrick, stole a 3-2 thriller at the Berry on Friday before mowing down the Mavericks, 6-3 on Saturday.
The Wildcats, still unbeaten within at home, went up 4-0 before the third period when the Mavericks stormed back with 3 goals. But an empty netter by Andrew Contois, this week’s CCHA offensive player of the week, knocked in an empty netter to seal the deal for Northern.
Friday with the score tied at two a piece, junior captain Nathan Oystrick found the back of the net at 19:36 of the third period for the winning goal. Pat Bateman got credit for tying up a defender and getting the puck to Darin Olver. Olver’s pass made it to Oystrick to tapped the puck in by the sprawling UNO goaltender.
NMU senior netminder Tuomas Tarkki had 23 saves for the Wildcats on Friday (just 12 on Saturday) and picked up his fifth and sixth wins of the season with the sweep.
Freshman Tim Hartung, in the lineup on substitutions, scored his first career goal in Saturday’s win just 39 seconds into the first period.
Northern will make the long haul up north to Alaska-Fairbanks for a two game set on the Carlson Center’s Olympic sheet next weekend.
from the Northern Michigan University Athletic Department…
For the second week in a row, Northern Michigan University, junior forward Andrew Contois was named this week’s CCHA Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Nebraska-Omaha. With the sweep of the Mavericks the ‘Cats moved into third place in the CCHA.
He had two assists in Friday’s 3-2 win and added a goal and three helpers in Saturday’s 6-3 victory. He was 1-5-6, +6 for the weekend. Contois for the season has seven goals, 10 assists for 17 points. He leads the team in assists and points. He is fourth in the conference in CCHA games in scoring (6-9-15), tied for fifth in assists and tied for eighth in goals.
HOUGHTON – Despite a 2-1 lead on Saturday night at MacInnes Student Ice Arena, the Michigan Tech Huskies were unable to hang on and were instead beaten 4-2 by Denver for the weekend sweep.
Friday night MTU (1-14-1, 1-13-0 WCHA) goalie Cam Ellsworth faced 51 shots on goal as Denver cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Huskies.
Senior Colin Murphy had two assists in Saturday’s game earning him 17 total on the season.. Murphy ranks third in the nation in assists with 1.06 assists per game.
The Huskies will play at Lakehead (Ont.) for two games Dec. 17-18 before hosting the 40th annual Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit after Christmas.
SAULT STE MARIE – The Lake Superior State Lakers were unable to grab the sweep this weekend despite a great overtime performance Friday and were downed Saturday 3-1 by non-conference visitor Bemidji State.
Friday the Lakers (5-8-1, 4-5-1 CCHA), behind a pair by Dan Eves including the game-winner at 2:07 of overtime, snatched the rug out from under the Beavers, 5-4.
Going up 1-0 on a goal by B.J. Pelkey at 2:53 of the first was not enough for LSSU as the Beavers went on to score three unanswered goals and force the split.
LSSU will travel to Nebraska-Omaha next weekend for a two game series at the Qwest Center in Omaha.