By Susannah Nichols/Northern Michigan Beat Writer
The Northern Michigan Wildcats (2-5-1, 1-4-1 CCHA) were swept by the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-3-0, 2-2-0 CCHA) last weekend. Notre Dame's effective power play led the Irish to a 3-2 victory on Friday and a 4-2 win on Saturday.
The 'Cats jumped to an early lead in Friday's game, thanks to the efforts of Blake Cosgrove and Gregor Hanson, who set up Tim Hartung's first goal of the season. The Irish then responded with three straight power-play goals, leaving NMU trailing. Nathan Sigmund's goal midway through the third period wasn't enough to mount a comeback.
Brian Stewart had 23 saves for NMU.
Power-play goals were the deciding factor in Saturday's game as well. Notre Dame jumped to a 2-0 lead, both goals scored with an extra man. The Irish added another pair to secure a daunting 4-0 lead by late in the second period.
Ray Kaunisto, with some help from Matt Butcher and Mike Maltese, netted a goal in the last minute of the second period to put NMU on the board. Phil Fox brought the 'Cats to within two with his third-period tally, but that was the last goal for either team.
Stewart finished with 22 saves in Saturday's game.
Over the course of the series, Notre Dame was 5-for-17 on the power play, while NMU was 0-for-11.
The Wildcats are idle this weekend and face Bowling Green on the road November 14-15.