MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Wildcats completed their weekend sweep of the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers with a 4-0 win at the Berry Events Center on Saturday, November 23. The Wildcats improve to 6-4-1 on the year, 4-2 in the WCHA. The Chargers remain winless on the season and in the conference in twelve season and eight WCHA games.
Two senior defensemen, CJ Ludwig and Wade Epp, scored the first two goals for the Wildcats on nearly identical shots. Ludwig fired a slapshot from between the circles past Charger goaltender Carmine Guerriero with just 26 seconds left in the first period to put the Wildcats on the board and up, 1-0. Senior Stephan Vigier and junior Mitch Jones assisted on the power-play goal. At the 12:21 mark of the second period Wade Epp scored his first goal of the season on a nearly identical slapshot to Ludwig's, putting the 'Cats up 2-0. On Epp's goal Ludwig and Vigier assisted.
"I am happy to see the culture that our seniors are developing, both in the room and on the ice," said head coach Walt Kyle. He added that "The character and leadership that our seniors are providing is tremendous."
The Wildcats increased their lead to three when senior Reed Seckel scored an unassisted goal at 11:44 of the third period. Northern Michigan's goal tally and lead went to four as junior Ryan Daugherty scored just two minutes later with assists going to sophomore Luke Eibler and Vigier. Daugherty's goal came with an extra Wildcat attacker.
For the second consecutive night redshirt freshman Mathias Dahlstrom had a shut-out in net for the Wildcats. Dahlstrom had nine saves in the first period followed by four saves in both the second and third period. The shut-out is Dahlstrom's third of the season.
Northern Michigan was whistled for only four penalties on the night while the Chargers only had three. The Wildcat power play was one for two while the Wildcat penalty kill was three for three.
The Wildcats will finish November with another home series. Northern Michigan will host Ferris State on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30 at the Berry Events Center. The puck will drop at 7:07 both nights.