By Susannah Nichols/Northern Michigan Beat Writer
The Northern Michigan Wildcats were swept by the Bowling Green Falcons last weekend, despite a pair of dazzling performances by goalie Brian Stewart.
Stewart turned away 89 of 93 shots in the series, but his teammates could not muster enough offensive energy to back up his performance and lost both games by a 2-1 score.
Gregor Hanson got the Wildcats off to a good start on Friday as he netted a goal at 11:57 of the first period with assists from Nick Sirota and Mark Olver. Despite being outshot 33-15 over the last two periods, and 50-20 during the entire game, the Wildcats maintained their one-goal lead. Stewart looked poised for a win and a shutout until David Solway scored with less than two minutes left in the game. Solway only needed another two minutes to score again in overtime to hand the Wildcats a disappointing loss.
A late-game goal would again plague the Wildcats (2-7-1, 1-6-1-0 CCHA) on Saturday. This time, the teams stayed tied at zero until late in the second period, with the Falcons, again outshooting the Wildcats by near-epic margins, lit the lamp first with a Josh Boyd goal at 19:05.
Hanson scored a power-play goal for NMU midway through the third period from Olver and Erik Gustafsson to tie the game, but Dan Sexton's tally at 17:46 of the period proved to be the game-winner.
Northern Michigan hosts Ohio State this weekend.