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NMU hockey holds onto eighth in CCHA despite loss, but slips in PairWise

January 26, 2013 - Matt Wellens

MARQUETTE — While much of Marquette was sleeping, the Northern Michigan University hockey team had two important streaks snapped by the Alaska Nanooks in a 2-1 defeat at the Carlson Center.

Northern brought with it to Fairbanks a six-game unbeaten streak and a 16-game unbeaten streak against the Nanooks that dated back to November of 2007.

Those were snapped via a goal given up by NMU netminder Jared Coreau 48 seconds into the game Friday. Alaska, which is riding a five-game win streak and six-game unbeaten streak, then took a 2-0 lead with a shorthanded score.

The Wildcats lone goal came from Matt Thurber on a two-man advantage.

Because of losses by Bowling Green State at Miami, 2-1, and by Michigan at Western Michigan, the Wildcats remained in eighth place in the CCHA. Last-place Michigan State defeated Penn State in nonconference play. The Falcons and Wolverines are one point back of NMU in ninth. Sparty is four back.

A win could have allowed NMU to possibly catch Lake Superior State on Saturday, however, that’s now out of the question despite a 3-2 loss by the Lakers on Friday. LSSU is six points up on Northern.

For those who are already watching the PairWise Rankings on an hourly basis, NMU has dropped to a tie for 18th while Alaska is up to 11th. Both teams woke up Friday morning as the last two teams left out of the NCAA tournament, had the season concluded Thursday night.

Both sides meet for a fourth and final time during the regular season at 11:05 p.m. EST tonight with the series tied at 1-1-1. NMU beat Alaska in overtime and in a shootout back in November in Marquette.



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