By Kyle Whitney / Northern Michigan Beat Writer
In the Great White North for the weekend, the Northern Michigan University Wildcats split a pair of games with the Alaska Nanooks. The home team took Friday's matchup 4-1, before NMU bounced back on Saturday, 4-2.
On Friday night, the Wildcats (6-10-0 overall, 5-9-0 CCHA) fell behind 2-0 in the first period. Forward Andrew Sarauer put his team on the board at the end of the second period, but Northern failed to produce any more offense.
Freshman netminder Reid Ellingson got the start and allowed four goals on 24 shots. Ellingson is now 3-3 on the season.
The following night, sophomore Brian Stewart got the start in the Wildcat net. Stewart stopped 26 of 28 shots in the win over Alaska (1-8-1, 1-6-1).
After Nanook forward Braden Walls opened up Saturday's scoring in the second period, the Wildcats lit up the scoreboard, scoring three goals on nine shots in the middle stanza. Alaska goalie Wylie Rogers was pulled after the period and replaced with Chad Johnson. The change couldn't fire the Nanooks up, though, and each team netted another goal in the final period.
Greger Hanson and Nick Sirota each scored goals for NMU, while Mark Olver scored a pair. Olver now has five goals and five assists in 11 games played, while Sirota has collected a dozen goals in 16 contests.
After an off weekend, the Wildcats will hit the hockey trail once more when they face off against the in-state rival Michigan Tech Huskies in a home-and-home series on Dec. 14-15.