KALAMAZOO - Despite not generating much offense, the Northern Michigan University hockey team stayed even with Western Michigan University for two periods before falling 4-2 in a CCHA game played at Lawson Ice Arena on Friday night.
In fact, NMU led 2-0 in the second period against the No. 10-ranked Broncos before Western finished the game with four straight goals, three coming on special teams.
That was despite the Wildcats being outshot 39-12 as Northern junior goalie Jared Coreau made 35 saves. His counterpart, Frank Slubowski, had 10 for the Broncos.
Northern Michigan University senior defenseman Scott Macaulay looks to make a play Friday against Western Michigan at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo. (NMU photo by Calvin Larson)
Northern fell to 5-7-3 overall and 2-6-3 in the CCHA while WMU improved to 7-3-1 and 4-2-1.
Wildcats junior forward Jake Johnson broke a scoreless tie with a goal 58 seconds into the second period, tipping in junior defenseman Wade Epp's shot from the blue line. It was Johnson's second goal in the last three games.
Sophomore forward Ryan Daugherty made it 2-0 with his team-leading sixth goal of the season three minutes later. Assisting were sophomore forward Reed Seckel and senior defenseman Kyle Follmer.
WMU started chipping back 6:06 into the second as Chase Balisy scored shorthanded when Coreau mishandled the puck behind the net.
The Broncos evened the score at 2-2 about 10 minutes later as Kenny Morrison scored on a power play.
Western took the lead on Dane Walters' 5-on-3 power-play goal midway through the third, while Balisy added an empty netter with Coreau pulled as time was winding down.
The teams wrap up their series at 7:05 p.m. today.