Wildcats Come up Short in Alaska

Wildcats Come up Short in Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Sophomore left wing Cohen Adair scored two goals in his return to the Wildcat line-up but it wasn't quite enough as the Northern Michigan University hockey team fell short of game one against Alaska with the Nanooks defeating the Wildcats 5-4 on Friday (Nov. 1) in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Wildcats fall to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the WCHA while the Nanooks improve to 4-1-2 overall and pick up their first conference win to stand at 1-0-0 in the WCHA.

Alaska opened the scoring and took the lead into the first intermission as Tyler Morley and Brandon Morley each scored for the Nanooks in the first perior.  Tyler lit the lamp with the man advantage at 12:44 before Brandon added to the Nanook lead just a minute and a half later to give Alaska the 2-0 lead.  Wildcat senior Stephan Vigier picked up his sixth goal of the year with about two minutes left in the period to cut the Nanook lead to one.  Reed Seckel assisted on the goal.  The teams went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead for the Nanooks.

Cohen Adair scored his first goal of the night at 4:28 of the second period to tie the game at 2-2. 

The Wildcats were then whistled for a 5-minute major as junior Luke Eibler was sent to the box for boarding at 7:27. While Eibler was in the box, Wildcat senior CJ Ludwig joined him for two-minutes when he was called for tripping at 8:06. The Nanooks used the two man advantage to their favor as Marcus Basara scored a five-on-three powerplay goal at 9:25 putting the Nanooks back in the lead, 3-2. 

At the time the goal was scored Wildcat senior Wade Epp was whistled for cross-checking, giving the Nanooks another two minute, two-man advantage. The Nanooks capitalized again at 10:10 when Colton Beck scored the Nanooks second five-on-three power play goal of the night, putting the Nanooks up 4-2.

Shawn Hochhausen scored an even strength goal at 17:01 of the second stanza to give the Nanooks a 5-2 lead going into the third period. The Wildcats changed goalies as sophomore Michael Doan made the start and was replaced by redshirt freshman Mathias Dahlstrom.

In the third period the Wildcats converted on the power-play, cutting the Nanook lead to 5-3, when CJ Ludwig put one past the Nanook goaltender at 14:00 of the third period.  Shane Sooth and Stephan Vigier assisted on the goal.

Cohen Adair scored his second goal of the night for the Wildcats at 17:56 of the third period with an even strength, unassisted tally to bring the 'Cats to within one at 5-4.

The Wildcat put the press on for the remaining two minutes of the game but couldn't come up with another goal.  Redshirt freshman Mathias Dahlstrom was pulled from the Wildcat goal at 18:54 but the Wildcats were not able to get the equalizing goal with the empty net.

Mathias Dahlstrom finished the game with 8 saves on 8 shots in just under 22 minutes played.  Michael Doan took the loss for the Wildcats in net with five goals against on 22 shots in just over 37 minutes played.

The Wildcats had 19 shots on goal for the night with Nanook goalie John Keeney making 15 saves.

The Nanooks went three for seven on the power play with 10 power play shots on goal.  Their total power play time was 10 minutes, 26 seconds. The Wildcats on the other hand had just two power play attempts scoring on one in the 3 minutes, four seconds of power play time.

The Wildcats and Nanooks will play the second game of their two-game series on Saturday (Nov. 2) at 11:07 Eastern Time in Fairbanks, Alaska.