By Susannah Nichols/ Northern Michigan Beat Writer
Northern Michigan's winning streak came to a screeching halt last weekend as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish handed them a pair of defeats in South Bend. The Wildcats lost 9-5 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday.
The Wildcats fell behind early in Friday's contest as netminder Brian Stewart allowed three straight goals and then exited the game. Before the end of the first period, Ray Kaunisto and Phil Fox brought NMU to within a goal, but Notre Dame pulled ahead again two minutes into the second chapter.
To their credit, the Wildcats rallied again. Fox capitalized on a power play and then Andrew Cherniwichan set up Justin Florek to again narrow the lead to one. But the Notre Dame power play would destroy the 'Cats hopes for a completed comeback as the Irish fired four power-play goals past Derek Janzen.
Tyler Gron notched his first goal of the season toward the end of the game to seal the final score of 9-5.
Stewart had five saves before leaving the game, while Janzen finished with 19.
Gregor Hanson also finished with four assists.
On Saturday, penalties again caused trouble for the Wildcats. The Irish took a 4-0 lead, with all the goals coming on the power play, and Stewart was again replaced by Janzen.
Hanson valiantly tried to get his team back in the game, posting a pair of goals in the second period. But the comeback stopped there and Notre Dame added another goal to make the final score 5-2.
Stewart finished with 11 saves; Janzen with 17.
Northern (11-15-4, 8-12-4-3 CCHA) will look to rebound this weekend with a pair of games in Miami.