Marquette, MI - The Northern Michigan University Hockey team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first but Alaska scored two goals in the second and third periods to pick up a 4-3 win over the Wildcats in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action at the Berry Events Center Saturday.
The Wildcats fall to 9-11-2 overall with a 7-6-1 WCHA record while Alaska improved to 9-11-4 with a 6-10-2 league mark.
Senior Erik Higby scored two first period goals for the Wildcats to give NMU a 2-0 lead early in the contest. Higby took a feed from freshman forward John Siemer and junior defenseman Jake Baker at the 1:51 mark of the first. He then scored at the 6:27 mark on a feed from Siemer and junior defenseman Mitch Jones.
Higby has six goals this season for the Wildcats and 22 over his NMU career.
Alaska evened the score in the second, when Tyler Morley scored a power play goal at 3:35 and then scored an even strength goal at 6:34. Marcus Basara and Brandon Morley assisted on the first goal while Josh Atkinson and Colton Parayko assisted on the second.
The Nanooks then scored two goals in a 20-second span when Jared Larson scored off a feed from Nolan Huysmans and J.D. Peterson at the 9:37 mark of the third. Brandon Morley then scored an unassisted goal at the 9:57 mark of the third.
Siemer cut the UAF lead to one, 4-3 on a feed from junior forward Reed Seckel with an empty NMU net at the 18:33 mark of the third. It was the second career goal for Siemer.
"I thought in the first period our attention to detail was really good," said NMU head coach Walt Kyle. "I thought in the second we had the two goal lead and we got really sloppy. We didn't have a good weekend with the puck, we turned over the puck a lot. We came back out in the third but I think our core defenseman got a little tired but we outshot them 7-2 and they scored on both of them. Certainly we made some mistakes but we were right there."
Alaska edged NMU in shots on goal 27-26. The Wildcats were 0-6 on the power play while the Nanooks were 1-3.
Freshman goalkeeper Mathias Dahlstrom made 23 saves in net for the Wildcats falling to 8-9-2 with the loss. John Keeny recorded 23 saves for Alaska moving to 4-4-2 on the campaign.
The Wildcats return to action at 11:07 p.m. at Alaska-Anchorage.