By Susannah Nichols/ Northern Michigan Beat Writer
The Northern Michigan Wildcats snapped a three-game winless streak with a road sweep of the Bowling Green Falcons. Jared Coreau had both victories in net for the 'Cats: a 4-2 win on Friday and a 2-0 shutout on Saturday.
The 'Cats jumped out to an early lead on Friday thanks to a few Falcon penalties. Stephan Vigier netted a power-play goal at 2:14 with Justin Florek and Andrew Cherniwchan assisting. The same trio combined for a second goal at 5:58, this time with Cherniwchan lighting the lamp. Another Wildcat power play allowed Scott Macaulay to give the 'Cats a 3-0 lead before the midway mark of the first period. Matt Thurber and Tyler Gron earned assists on the play.
The teams were even at 12 shots apiece in the second period. The Falcons got on the board at 7:40, but the 'Cats responded when Thurber set up Florek for a goal late in the period.
The Falcons dominated the third period, outshooting the 'Cats 14-3, but they could only manage one more goal for a final score of 4-2.
Coreau finished with 32 saves on Friday. He got the nod for Saturday's game as well and turned in a flawless 31-save performance.
After a scoreless first period, the 'Cats made good on Coreau's efforts: Vigier set up Mitch Jones early in the second period. The Falcons had the edge in shots for the rest of the game, but their efforts were fruitless--even the addition of an extra attacker just resulted in Cherniwchan scoring an empty-net goal for the 2-0 final.
Next week, the 'Cats (14-10-6, 9-9-6-3 CCHA) hit the road for Ann Arbor to take on Michigan, and then close out the regular season at home against UP rival Lake Superior State.