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Wildcat hockey drops penalty-filled game to Miami, 5-2

November 10, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

OXFORD, Ohio - The Northern Michigan University hockey team led the penalty parade on Friday at Miami University's Steve Cady Arena and in the process, gave up three power-play goals in a 5-2 CCHA loss to the RedHawks.

Both sides meet again tonight in Oxford, Ohio at 7:05.

CCHA referees Steve McInchak and Rodney Tocco called a total of 19 penalties for 38 minutes, with 10 calls and 20 minutes being handed out to the Wildcats.

NMU had seven power play chances compared to Miami's eight and could only convert once - junior defenseman C.J. Ludwig scored his first goal of the season in the third period - while also giving up a shorthanded goal to sophomore forward Austin Czarnik in the third.

The RedHawks picked up a pair of power-play goals from freshman forward Riley Barber and sophomore forward Cody Murphy in the second period to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.

Miami then chased Wildcat junior goaltender Jared Coreau from the net with an even-strength goal by senior forward Curtis McKenzie midway through the third for a 4-1 lead.

NMU and Miami both scored in the opening period, with MU freshman defenseman Matthew Caito scoring his first collegiate goal 10:37 into the game on the power play.

NMU sophomore D.J. Vandercook responded for NMU with his first collegiate goal three minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. His first collegiate point - an assist - came last season against Miami in Marquette.

Coreau, also chased in the Wildcats' 5-2 Game 1 loss at Nebraska-Omaha three weeks ago, finished with 24 saves. Freshman Michael Doan, who also relieved Coreau in Omaha, made seven saves and gave up the last goal to Czarnik.

Freshman Jay Williams only needed to make 18 saves in goal for Miami, which outshot NMU 13-4 in the first period.

NMU senior defenseman Kyle Follmer led the Wildcats with four penalties for 20 minutes after being called for tripping and holding in the first period, roughing in the second and unsportsmanlike conduct after the whistle in the third.

His two first-period penalties were the only calls to result in RedHawk power plays, with the second leading to Miami's first goal.

McKenzie led Miami with three penalties for six minutes, including a check from behind in the first period, a roughing with Follmer in the second and a trip in the third that resulted in the shorthanded Miami goal.



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