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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Northern, Bemidji State do the splits

By Susannah Nichols/ Northern Michigan Beat Writer

The Northern Michigan Wildcats earned a 3-0 shutout against Bemidji State on Friday and then got a taste of their own medicine on Saturday, when they were shut out 4-0 by the Beavers.

Shots were the key part of the story both nights. The 'Cats were outshot 37-25 on Friday and pulled off the win, but being outshot 37-17 on Saturday proved to be too much for the team.

The offense in Friday's victory was a true team effort as nine different players earned points. Nicholas Kosinski got things started late in the first; he scored his first goal of the season with some help from CJ Ludwig.

Early in the second, Justin Florek and Scott Macaulay set up captain Phil Fox to put the 'Cats up by two. Erik Higby added a goal early in the last period, with fellow freshman Stephan Vigier and senior Andrew Cherniwchan earned assists on the play.

In a last-ditch effort to get back in the game, the Beavers pulled their goalie late in the third--but it only resulted in another goal for the 'Cats, as Mike Maltese set up Tyler Gron for his seventh tally of the season.

Reid Ellingson earned the shutout with 37 stops.

Saturday's game started out close, but the Beavers pulled away in the second period, making the most of multiple power plays to outshoot the 'Cats 19-3 and jumping out to a 2-0 lead. The 'Cats stayed within three shots of the Beavers in the third, but couldn't light the lamp.

Just as the 'Cats sealed the deal with an empty-netter on Friday, so did the Beavers on Saturday.

Ellingson finished with 34 saves.

The 'Cats, now 6-7-2, return to both Marquette and conference play next weekend, when they face off with the Western Michigan Broncos. Game time is 7:30 on both Friday and Saturday.

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