GRAND FORKS, N.D. – North Dakota used two second period power play goals to pick up a 4-1 victory over the Northern Michigan hockey team Friday night at the Ralph Engelstad arena.
The loss drops Northern Michigan to 6-9-2 while North Dakota improved to 8-7-2 on the season.
North Dakota picked up the first score of the game on an even-strength goal by Mark MacMillan at 4:10 of the first period. The Sioux then scored two power play goals in the second with Luke Johnson scoring at 9:57 and Dillon Simpson scoring at 16:23.
Sophomore Darren Nowick cut the North Dakota lead to 3-1 when he scored an unassisted goal at the 7:46 mark of the third period for the Wildcats.
Paul LaDue scored the final goal for North Dakota at the 12:36 mark to set the final tally.
"I thought we had a hard effort and I thought it was much closer than a 4-1 game," said Northern Michigan head coach Walt Kyle. "We played hard right through a three goal swing, but we have to have some big effort from the guys that are supposed to create offense for us."
North Dakota edged Northern Michigan 30-25 in total shots. Northern Michigan was whistled for eight penalties and logged 16 penalty minutes while North Dakota had seven penalties for 14 minutes in the box.
Freshman goalie Mathias Dahlstrom had 26 saves in goal for the Wildcats in the loss. Zane Gothberg picked up 24 saves in goal for North Dakota.
Northern Michigan completes the series at North Dakota on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 8:07 p.m. Eastern at the Ralph Engelstad arena.