Junior Tanner Kero scores game-winning goal and sophomore Pheonix Copley makes 37 saves for Huskies

Junior forward Tanner Kero scored the game-winning goal for the Huskies

MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan hockey team dropped a 3-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association match up to instate rival Michigan Tech Saturday at the Berry Events Center.

The loss drops the Wildcats to 12-18-2 overall with a 10-13-1 league mark. The Huskies improved to 14-6-6 with a 12-10-4 WCHA record.

"I was real happy with our performance. I thought we played really well. It's always tough to lose but you have to be honest with how you played and I thought the guys did a great job, I was really happy with the effort and with all the things we were able to do," said NMU head coach Walt Kyle. "You need that effort and that quality of execution night after night and if you have that there are still going to be some nights where you are going to not come out on top. That's acceptable, we expect that. What you can't have are nights where you're quality of play or effort is not good and we have had some of those in my opinion over the last 10 games. I will take the next four games with that effort."

MTU's Reid Sturos put the Huskies on the board with a goal at the 3:56 mark of the first period on assists from Blake Pietila and David Johnstone.

The Wildcats evened the score at 1-1 when freshman forward Dominik Shine scored his fifth goal of the season on the power play off a feed from freshman forward John Siemer at the 6:12 mark of the second period.

Daniel Holmberg put the Huskies back in the lead 2-1 with 14:04 left in the second period. Blake Hietala and Riley Sweeney assisted on the goal.

Junior forward Ryan Daugherty evened the score at 2-2 by scoring his fifth goal of the season on the power play at the 17:37 mark of the second. Senior forward Stephan Vigier and freshman defenseman Brock Maschmeyer assisted on the play.

Tanner Kero gave Michigan Tech its final 3-2 lead at the 4:49 mark of the third period on a feed from Alex Peltan and CJ Eick.

The Wildcats outshot the Huskies 39-21 in the contest including a 14-6 advantage in the first period and a 13-7 edge in the third.

Freshman goalie Mathias Dahlstrom took the loss moving to 11-16-2 on the season. Dahlstrom had 18 saves in 58:42 of work for the Wildcats. Phoenix Copley took the win moving to 10-10-5 on the season and collected 37 saves in net for the Huskies.

Northern Michigan will host its final regular season home series against Bowling Green State Feb 28 and March 1 at the Berry Events Center. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. both nights.