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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Wildcats grab three points in Miami

By Susannah Nichols/ Northern Michigan Beat Writer

The Northern Michigan Wildcats made the most of their opportunities last weekend and, despite being significantly outshot in both their games against Miami, the team managed a 2-1 win on Friday and a 1-1 tie on Saturday.

Brian Stewart (pictured) was outstanding in goal for the 'Cats and was named first star on both nights.

Stewart had his work cut out for him from the first period of Friday's game, when Miami outshot NMU 15-5 (and 44-20 over the course of the game).

However, Justin Florek got the only goal that mattered when he scored at 15:46 of the period to get the Wildcats on the board. Phil Fox and Mark Olver were credited with assists. Midway through the second period, Jared Brown picked up a pass from Billy Smith to light the lamp and put the 'Cats up, 2-0.

Miami scored at 12:44 of the third to deny Stewart the shutout, but Stewart still finished with 43 saves and the win.

Saturday's game was another test of endurance for Stewart as the RedHawks outshot the Wildcats, 47-7. And once again, it was Northern who found the net first. Nick Sirota picked up his fifth goal of the season (assists by Andrew Cherniwchan and Tyler Gron) in the first period.

Miami's Carter Camper capitalized on a Fox penalty to tie up the game, but the RedHawks couldn't get another shot past Stewart for the rest of the game, including overtime.

The Wildcats (12-15-5, 9-12-5-3 CCHA) earned a point for the tie, but lost 2-1 in the shootout.

Northern Michigan returns home for their last regular season series to face off against UP rival Lake Superior State at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights.

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