Marquette, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University hockey team fell 2-1 to the University of Nebraska Omaha in its home opener from the Berry Events Center on Friday (Oct. 18) night. The Mavericks scored the game-winner with 2:51 left on the third period clock. With the loss, NMU falls to 0-3 on the season.
After a scoreless first period, UNO (2-1) opened the game's scoring 2:35 into the second period. Ryan Walters scored a four-on-three power-play goal. Michael Young and Brock Montpetit assisted on the play.
Senior forward Stephan Vigier tied up the game less than five minutes later (7:06) with a five-on-three power-play goal. Sophomore forward Justin Rose fed a cross-ice pass to Vigier for the assist. Senior captain CJ Ludwig also assisted on Vigier's second of the season.
Montpetit scored the game-winner as he blasted in a loose puck in front of the net after taking the initial shot that was saved by redshirt freshman goaltender Mathias Dahlstrom. Brian O'Rourke and Zahn Rabenheimer assisted on the even strength goal.
The two teams combined for 31 minutes of penalty time. NMU was 1-for-8 on the power play after nine minor penalties by the Mavs. The Wildcats took five penalties, including a five-minute major that they killed off. UNO was 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
Dahlstrom started his second career game and had 29 saves, including 11 in the second period. UNO outshot NMU 31-29. Kirk Thompson had 28 saves for the visitors.
The two teams wrap-up the non-conference series at 7:07 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 19).
Game Notes: NMU debuted new home white jerseys...NMU last started 0-3 in the 1995-96 season...Both of Vigier's goals this season are on the power play...Vigier has 25 career goals and 12 power play tallies.