Gaylord's Weber suffers neck laceration in game
By Susannah Nichols/ Northern Michigan Beat Writer
The Northern Michigan Wildcats are still in pursuit of their first win of the season after dropping two games at Miami-Ohio this weekend. The 'Cats were shutout 4-0 on Friday and then endured a 9-1 thumping on Saturday.
Special teams hurt the 'Cats on Friday, as three of the RedHawks' four goals came on the power play. Miami outshot Northern, 28-21, and Reid Ellingson recorded 24 saves in the loss.
The RedHawks annihilated the 'Cats in the first period of Saturday's game, outshooting Northern 15-1 and going up 3-0. In the second period, Northern matched Miami 9-9 on shots, though Miami scored another goal before Kyle Follmer put the 'Cats on the board at 6:56 of the second period. Justin Florek and Greger Hanson assisted on the play. Miami went on to score five more unanswered goals, including a shorthanded tally.
Miami outshot Northern 34-16 over the course of the game. Jared Coreau recorded 12 saves before being replaced by Ellingson early in the second period. Ellingson stopped 13 shots.
Another Michigan player was hurting after Saturday's game - Miami's Will Weber, native of Gaylord, was inadvertently sliced in the neck by a Wildcat skate late in the first period. The laceration ran from his chin to his ear on the left side of his neck. Weber, a junior who's been drafted by the Blue Jackets, is in stable condition, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Miami hockey spokesperson Michael Weisman reports that the blade "caught mostly muscle, and doctors said he should be fine."
The Wildcats' record now stands at 0-4-1, 0-2-0 in the CCHA. They'll get another chance next weekend at home against Ohio State. The puck drops at 7:35 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.