By Susannah Nichols/ Northern Michigan Beat Writer
The Northern Michigan Wildcats rolled into Oxford, Ohio, and picked up a 2-1 victory against the Miami RedHawks. On Saturday, however, the No. 17-ranked RedHawks proved to be too much for the 'Cats to handle and handed their visitors a 6-0 shutout.
Justin Florek netted his fourteenth goal of the season to put the 'Cats on the board on Friday night. Erik Higby and Wade Epp were credited with assists. Tyler Gron added a goal (with some help from Matt Thurber and Kyle Follmer) to give the 'Cats a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period.
That would prove to be enough, thanks to the outstanding play of goalie Jared Coreau: the RedHawks outshot the 'Cats 30-9 over the next two periods, but Coreau only allowed one goal early in the third. He finished with 40 saves.
Coreau got the start for Saturday's game as well and kept things reasonably close for the first two periods, allowing two goals on 24 shots. However, his teammates couldn't find the back of the net and managed only two shots in the final twenty minutes.
The RedHawks, on the other hand, got two more goals on Coreau before he was replaced by Reid Ellingson who gave up two goals on ten shots. The 0-6 loss was the 'Cats' worst of the season.
Northern's record is now 12-9-5 (7-8-5-2 CCHA). The team will look to rebound next weekend when they return to Marquette to take on the Ferris State Bulldogs. Game time is 7:30 on Friday and Saturday.