Wildcats Drop Season-Opener To Spartans, 5-3

Wildcats Drop Season-Opener To Spartans, 5-3

MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University hockey team (0-1-0, 0-0-0-0 WCHA) fell to down state rival, Michigan State (1-0-0, 0-0-0-0 B1G) Thursday night in front of a loud crowd at the Berry Events Center (4,043).

The Wildcats saw six new faces take the ice in the season-opener, with three adding their name to the box score early. Hank Sorensen netted his first career goal and point, with Ben Newhouse and Andre Ghantous earning their first career points/assists on the goal. Vincent de Mey posted a tally on the power play while Grant Loven netted his first of the season. 

Newhouse and Ghantous tied for the team-lead in points with two helpers while Loven posted the team high in shots with five.

  GOALS
  • Freshman Hank Sorensen, Ben Newhouse and Andre Ghantous connected on a series of passes as time dwindled down in the first period to knot the game at one. Sorensen's goal, the first of his career, came at 17:57 with first career assists for Newhouse and Ghantous. 
  • Vincent de Mey pulled the Wildcats back within one as we neared the halfway point of the final period. His power play goal was assisted by Ben Newhouse and Andre Ghantous.
  • Shortly after the Spartans regained the two-goal lead, Grant Loven buried one deep off the rebound for the third tally Wildcat of the night. Vincent de Mey and Ty Readman both earned assists on the goal.
  FAST START

Hank Sorensen, Ben Newhouse Andre Ghantous both tallied their first career points Friday night as Sorensen opened the scoring for Northern Michigan at the 17:57 mark of the first period. He was assisted by Newhouse and Ghantous as all three added their name to the box score for the first time as Wildcats. 

  IN NET

Nolan Kent stopped a career-high 16 shots on net in the loss. 

  KEY STATS
  • The Wildcats went 2-for-5 on the power play tonight on the power play with Hank Sorensen and Vincent de Mey both netting one with the extra man.
  • Northern Michigan outshot Michigan State, 31-21 in the season-opener with Grant Loven leading the team with five shots on goal. 
  • Ben Newhouse and Andre Ghantous tied for the team lead in points and assists with two. The two Wildcats combined for the helpers on Sorensen's and de Mey's goals.
  • Three Wildcats tallied their first career points, including Sorensen, Newhouse and Ghantous.
  UP NEXT

The Wildcats look for the season split tomorrow night as they clsoe out their series against Michigan State. Puck drop is set for 6:07 p.m. with a tailgate taking place out front of the Berry Events Center beginning at 3:30 p.m.