MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University sophomore defenseman Mitch Jones scored nine seconds into the first power play of the afternoon and freshman forward Cohen Adair added an insurance goal late in the third period to give the Wildcats a 2-0 exhibition win over Brock University of Ontario on Sunday at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.
NMU junior goaltender Jared Coreau and freshman Michael Doan combined for the shutout. Coreau made nine saves in nearly 31 minutes of action while Doan stopped 11 shots in relief after entering the game midway through the second period.
"We were able to get a lot of young guys a lot of ice time," NMU head coach Walt Kyle said. "We just rolled lines. We didn't pay too much attention to who was where. They got a good taste of a game at this level."
Jones took a pass from freshman forward Justin Rose and blasted a shot from the blue line 8:11 into the mid-afternoon contest to put Northern up 1-0 on the first of nine power plays for the Wildcats.
NMU generated 12 shots on goal during the man advantages, but only one during a 50-second two-man power play in the second period.
Despite Jones being the only Wildcat to put a puck past Brock's 5-foot-11 goaltender Kody Blois, who had 35 saves, Kyle was confident NMU will score a lot of goals if it puts that kind of pressure on opposing nets.
"We had a lot of chances," Kyle said. "We scored one. We were sloppy at times, we fumbled the puck around at times, missed the net at times, but I thought we generated chances.
"If we generate that many chances, we'll score a lot of goals."
Northern's insurance goal was a reward for what Kyle called "clearly the best line" of the afternoon as Adair, Higby and Rose took the ice together for the first time in a game.
Higby and Rose each had five shots on goal to go with their assists and Adair had five shots on target, including the third-period score.
It's a line Higby would like to see stay together when the Wildcats open regular season play in Green Bay, Wis., on Friday and Saturday against the Wisconsin Badgers.
"I thought we played well," Higby said. "I think we came out, not flat, but we were a little jittery. We had a lot of power plays so we didn't get to stay together.
"Most of the third, we kind of took over and that's where we found the nice goal. The chemistry started clicking."
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