|1st||1:09||MND||1-0||EV||Tony Cameranesi (9)||Carson Soucy/7|
|1st||3:56||MND||2-0||EV GW||Parker Mackay (4)||Austin Farley/12|
|1st||18:03||MND||3-0||EV||Dominic Toninato (10)||Andy Welinski/11, Alex Iafallo/7|
|2nd||16:31||NMU||1-3||EV||Darren Nowick (10)||Dominik Shine/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (9-11-5)||0/7||6/12||0|
|Northern Michigan (10-10-6)||0/6||7/14||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kasimir Kaskisuo (W, 9-10-5)||59:43||1||3||6||10||19|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Mathias Israelsson (L, 2-2-0)||3:56||2||1||0||0||1|
MARQUETTE, Mich. - Minnesota-Duluth used a three-goal first period to down the Northern Michigan hockey team, 3-1, Saturday night at the Berry Events Center.
The Bulldogs scored two goals in the game's first four minutes to put the Wildcats in an early hole. Tony Cameranesi opened the scoring at 1:09, taking a feed from Carson Soucy at the bottom of the right circle and firing a shot past Mathias Israelsson. Then, at 3:56, Austin Farley stole the puck along the boards and sent it along to Parker Mackay for the score.
Minnesota-Duluth extended its lead to 3-0 while the teams were skating 4-on-4 at 18:03. Andy Welinski, who led the Bulldogs with two points (1g-1a) in Friday's game, fired a booming shot that hit James Vermeulen's skate. As the puck was trickling towards the line, Dominic Toninato tapped it past Mathias Dahlstrom, who relieved Israelsson after the second Minnesota-Duluth goal.
In the middle stanza, Zach Urban and Dominik Shine each rang the pipe before the Wildcats managed to break through at the 16:31 mark. After Shine picked off an Adam Johnson outlet pass, he carried the puck back into the Bulldog end and sent a pass over to Darren Nowick on the edge of the right circle. Nowick beat Kasimir Kaskisuo five-hole for his 10th goal of the year.
Dahlstrom, who made half of his 18 saves in the third period, came up big in the middle of the frame. First, he denied two shorthanded bids, including a bullet by Brenden Kotyk on a 2-on-1 rush with a glove save. Then, he covered up a backhand bid by a streaking Jared Thomas at the side of the net with 9:29 to go.
Northern Michigan's best chance of the final frame came with 3:58 remaining. In transition, Jordan Klimek carried the puck into the Minnesota-Duluth end himself, drawing two Bulldogs, and then sent a cross-ice feed to an open Shine on the left wing. Shine fired a shot that Kaskisuo smothered to maintain the Bulldogs' two-goal lead.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 10-10-6 and 3-3-2 in non-conference action. They return to action next weekend when they resume Western Collegiate Hockey Association play against Alaska-Anchorage at the Berry Events Center.
NOTES: Minnesota-Duluth leads the all-time series 36-34-1 ... Northern Michigan held the Bulldogs scoreless on the man advantage during the series; Minnesota-Duluth went 0-for-4 Friday and 0-for-7 Saturday ... Nowick tied Shine for the team lead in goals; he had never netted more than seven in a single season previously ... Junior captain Shane Sooth skated in his 100th collegiate game ... Sooth is one of two Wildcats on this year's team to have reached the century mark; Nowick, who has 128 appearances under his belt, reached the 100-game plateau Mar. 6, 2015 at Michigan Tech.