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No. 19 Northern Michigan falls at home 3-1 to No. 6 Ferris State

February 4, 2012
By MATT WELLENS - Journal Sports Editor ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Despite being one of the most penalized teams in all of NCAA Division I college hockey, the Northern Michigan University penalty kill has stood tall, down one man or two, for two minutes of five.

This weekend, Ferris State took it down a notch.

The Bulldogs finished the weekend 4 for 9 on the power play after picking up another goal on the man advantage Saturday night to beat the Wildcats 3-1 in CCHA play at the Berry Events Center.

On Friday, the Bulldogs were 3 for 5 on the power play in a 5-5 shootout loss. Ferris took a 2-1 lead that night by converting on its first two man advantages and then tied the game at 4-4 on the power play.

The three goals allowed were the most power play goals NMU had allowed in a game all season and four is the most NMU has allowed in a weekend. The previous high for a game was two and for a weekend, three were scored by Alaska in Marquette.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs converted on their first power play of the night to take a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats were five seconds away from completing the kill when FSU senior defenseman Chad Billins beat NMU sophomore goaltender Jared Coreau.

The Bulldogs struck again with five seconds remaining in the first period via an even-strength score by sophomore defenseman Scott Czarnowczan, who was later knocked out of the game in the second period.

NMU junior forward Brian Nugent was tossed from the game for the check from behind on Czarnowczan and will be suspended one game via the game disqualification.

The Wildcats, who took 12 penalties for 35 minutes this weekend, were able to kill off Nugent's five-minute major after allowing back-to-back FSU power play goals going back to the third-period Bulldog score on Friday.

NMU redshirt freshmen Reed Seckel scored the line NMU goal by cutting the Bulldog lead in half with a power play goal at 1:46 of the first period. He did it unassisted after weaving through the FSU PK and beating Ferris freshman netminder CJ Motte high.

Coreau finished with 28 saves while Motte made 24 saves for Ferris. Both young goaltenders got the start Saturday after FSU senior Taylor Nelson and NMU senior Reid Ellingson each allowed five goals the night before.



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