Northern Michigan's three-game unbeaten streak came to quick end in Marquette on Wednesday night as the Wildcats were tamed by the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, 6-4.
Darin Olver started the scoring for NMU (6-5-2, 3-2-1 CCHA) at 14:26 of the opening period and the two teams were tied at 1 after twenty minutes of play.
The game was decided though in approximately the first 11 minutes of the second period when the Bulldogs scored five unanswered goals to take a commanding 6-1 lead.
The 'Cats battled back with power-play goals by TJ Miller, Matt Maunu and Nick Sirota to cut the Bulldogs lead to two, but that was as close as the home team would get.
Josh Johnson held off the attack in the UMD net, making 22 saves for the win.
Bill Zaniboni and Brian Stewart swapped time between the pipes for NMU with each giving up a trio of goals.
The Wildcats are now 1-3-1 against WCHA opponents this season. They'll conclude their extended home-and-home series and non-conference schedule with a rematch against the Bulldogs in Duluth on Jan. 24.
Northern will now pack up and head south to Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo for a pair of CCHA battles with Western Michigan on Friday and Saturday night.