SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan hockey team fell to Lake Superior State, 4-0, Saturday night at Taffy Abel Arena in the second game of the 2015-16 Cappo Cup series.
The Lakers scored four goals in the second period to down the Wildcats, who fall to 1-1-2 on the season with the loss. The teams are now tied in the Cappo Cup series with one win apiece.
In the final minutes of the first period, Northern Michigan had two prime scoring opportunities but couldn't convert to take the lead. Tic-tac-toe passing by Troy Loggins and John Siemer set Darren Nowick up with a clear look at the net in front, but Nick Kossoff was there to turn his shot aside.
On a power play at 19:32, Sami Salminen won the draw back to Brock Maschmeyer, who fired a shot on net. The puck was tipped in front and squirted past Kossoff, but the goal was disallowed when the puck was ruled to have been played with a high stick.
In the second period, after a lengthy stretch of time spent on special teams by both teams, Lake Superior State got on the score sheet when C.J. Hayes capitalized on an odd man rush at 8:30. After that, the Lakers seized the momentum and struck three more times in a six-minute window to effectively put the game out of reach.
Lake Superior State held a 27-19 edge in shots. Atte Tolvanen made 23 saves for the Wildcats while Kossoff made 19 saves to post his first career shutout.
The Wildcats open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play next weekend when they take on rival Michigan Tech in a home-and-home series.
NOTES: Northern Michigan leads the all-time series, 66-39-10 ... Connor Frantti made his collegiate debut ... Sault Ste. Marie native Denver Pierce earned his first collegiate start in front of his hometown crowd.