By Susannah Nichols/Northern Michigan Beat Writer
Mark Olver, last week's CCHA Offensive Player of the Week, scored in each of Northern Michigan's road games at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The 'Cats dropped Friday's game, 4-3, but rebounded to take a 3-2 victory on Saturday.
UNO scored first in Friday's game, but Mike Maltese and Blake Cosgrove set up Tim Hartung to knot the score. UNO scored again to open the second period, but Olver used UNO's power play to his own advantage. He scored a shorthanded marker with some help from Erik Gustafsson and Alan Dorich to keep the game even.
UNO's Rich Purslow scored twice in the third, and despite a late period goal by Nick Sirota, the Wildcats couldn't tie up the score again before the buzzer sounded.
Brian Stewart had 29 saves in Friday's game.
The Wildcats again fell behind early in Saturday's game, but scored three unanswered goals in the second period, which would prove to be enough for the victory.
First, Andrew Cherniwichan set up Andrew Fernandez for his first goal of the year. Then, Gregor Hanson and Olver connected to help Jared Brown net a power-play goal to put the 'Cats in the lead. Less than three minutes later, Olver scored his second goal of the weekend and eighth of the season to put the Wildcats ahead 3-1. Maltese and Justin Florek were credited with assists on Olver's goal.
UNO lit the lamp with a power play goal late in the third, but this time, Northern held on for the 3-2 win.
Stewart had 21 saves in Saturday's win.
The Wildcats (6-13-3, 3-10-3-2 CCHA) are idle next weekend and face Alaska on home ice on January 23-24. The puck drops at 7:30 both nights.