By Susannah Nichols/ Northern Michigan Beat Writer
Northern Michigan University opened its regular season by hosting area rivals Michigan Tech and Minnesota-Duluth in the Superior Cup, an annual tournament also featuring Lake Superior State. The Wildcats defeated MTU 5-2 on Friday, but were blanked 5-0 by Duluth on Saturday.
Despite being outshot 15-4 in the opening period, NMU scored five unanswered goals in Friday's contest. Freshman Andrew Cherniwchan lit the lamp just 30 seconds into the first period, and followed with an assist on Jared Brown's goal at 4:17. Cherniwchan scored again to put the Cats up 3-0 and Matt Butcher and Ray Kaunisto added a goal apiece in the second period.
Tech tried to mount a rally with two goals, but couldn't generate enough offensive energy to make a serious challenge.
Brian Stewart had 28 saves for NMU in Friday's game.
Saturday found the Cats dominated by the Bulldogs. Despite keeping the shots nearly even (Duluth 30, NMU 29), the Wildcats couldn't keep up with the Dogs' goals. Sharp MacGregor and Drew Akins scored two goals each for Duluth en route to the shutout.
Stewart recored 25 saves in Saturday's game.
Duluth retained their tournament crown and bragging rights as the best team on Lake Superior's shores.
The Wildcats will host Michigan this weekend.