Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State each took away a victory from their weekend series: the 'Cats defeated the Lakers 4-1 on Saturday, and the Lakers retaliated by taking Saturday's game 3-1.
Andrew Cherniwchan and Tyler Gron scored to give the 'Cats a 2-0 lead on Friday. Late in the second, Domenic Monardo capitalized on a Laker power play to bring Lake State within a goal.
Jared Brown scored his first goal of the season to widen the 'Cats lead, and Greger Hanson sealed the deal with the team's fourth goal. Cherniwchan picked up an assist on Hanson's goal.
Justin Florek had two assists in the win, and Northern goalie Reid Ellingson recorded his first victory of the season with 42 saves. Lakers goalie Brian Mahoney-Wilson had 25 saves in the loss.
The Lakers tried to take the lead early on Saturday--they outshot the 'Cats 15-5 in the first period--but didn't get on the board until the second stanza. Laker Kyle Haines got slapped with a major penalty, but the team managed to use it to their advantage: Kyle Jean lit the lamp at 5:26. Monardo assisted on the goal, which was Jean's first of the season. Rick Schofield scored later in the period to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead.
Things happened fast after that: just over a minute after Schofield's goal, Cherniwchan and Kyle Follmer set up Florek for a power play goal. And less than a minute after Florek's goal, Monardo banged in the last goal of the game.
The 'Cats outshot the Lakers 10-6 in the last period, but couldn't get a shot past Laker goalie Kevin Kapalka, who had 22 saves for the win.
Jared Coreau was between the pipes for the 'Cats and had 30 saves in the loss.
The Lakers (3-5-2, 1-4-1 CCHA) take on Ferris State next weekend at home. The Wildcats (3-5-1, 3-3-0 CCHA) return home for two games against Bowling Green.