|2nd||18:21||WIS||1-0||PP GW||Luke Kunin (5)||Jake Linhart/6, Cameron Hughes/6|
|3rd||18:55||WIS||2-0||PP||Cameron Hughes (2)||Trent Frederic/6, Luke Kunin/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (3-6-1)||0/4||6/12||0|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Atte Tolvanen (L, 2-6-1)||60:00||2||8||12||13||33|
|Jack Berry (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||0||6||7||9||22|
MADISON, Wis. - Atte Tolvanen made 33 saves, but the Northern Michigan hockey team was downed by Wisconsin, 2-0, Saturday night at the Kohl Center.
Jack Berry made 22 saves, including nine in the final frame, to blank the Wildcats, who fell to 3-6-1 (1-4-1 WCHA) with the loss.
Neither team carried the play in the opening period. With around five minutes remaining, Northern Michigan's second line generated two quality chances. Robbie Payne managed to put himself in position for a point-blank try, making a move to get around his man and into the slot, but he fired his shot just high. The Wildcats retained possession of the puck, eventually setting Collin Peters up for a look from the middle of the left circle, but Berry smothered his shot to draw the whistle.
The Badgers tested Tolvanen twice in the final three minutes of the frame. First, with 2:20 on the clock, Luke Kunin fired a pass from the corner to Jason Ford in the slot. Ford tried to stuff the puck home, but Tolvanen sent it wide. Then, with 32 seconds remaining, Tolvanen denied Cameron Hughes's shorthanded bid.
Wisconsin came out flying in the middle stanza, forcing Tolvanen to turn aside Hughes, Corbin McGuire and Ryan Wagner in the first two minutes.
Northern Michigan got a look of its own with just under 13 minutes remaining in the period; after Darien Craighead won a battle along the boards, he sent the puck up to Dominik Shine to start the transition. Instead of taking the shot, Shine fed a trailing Brock Maschmeyer at the top of the right circle, but Berry came up with Maschmeyer's bullet.
The Badgers finally broke through at 18:21 while on a man advantage when Kunin fired a one-timer from the left circle through traffic and Tolvanen's five-hole.
The Wildcats were awarded a power play of their own 34 seconds after Kunin's goal, and they nearly capitalized to even the score. With 45 seconds left on the clock, Maschmeyer fired a shot from the point that Berry managed to snare while being heavily screened by Peters.
Tolvanen kept Northern Michigan within one by making a head's up play with 23 seconds remaining. After Kunin forced a turnover behind the net, the puck squirted out to Tolvanen, and he jumped on it before Hughes could send it home.
Shine nearly got the Wildcats on the board with 5:43 remaining in regulation. While crashing the net, he came up with a booming Maschmeyer rebound and tried to stuff it past Berry, who kept the puck from crossing the line.
Northern Michigan was called for too many men on the ice while trying to pull Tolvanen for the extra skater in the final 1:18 of regulation. The Badgers capitalized on that power play with 1:05 remaining to ice the game.
The Wildcats return to the Berry Events Center Nov. 11-12, hosting preseason WCHA favorite Bowling Green.
NOTES: Wisconsin leads the all-time series, 49-31-8 ... Tolvanen reached the 30-save plateau for the 17th time in his collegiate career ... Maschmeyer led the Wildcats with four shots ... Gerard Hanson played in his 100th collegiate game; he is the fourth Wildcat on this year's team to reach the milestone and the second to do so this season ... Northern Michigan is now 0-4-1 in Saturday games this season.