ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Reed Seckel's third-period goal was the game-winner as Northern Michigan came from behind to beat St. Cloud State 2-1 Saturday, giving the Wildcats a nonconference sweep of the Huskies.
The Wildcats (8-10-3), who won Friday's game 6-2 via two Seckel goals, fell behind 1-0 to SCSU on Jonny Brodzinski's goal in the second period.
NMU tied it 1-1 on senior defenseman Kyle Follmer's second goal of the weekend, this one coming with two-tenths of a second left in the period via assists by Seckel and senior forward Matt Thurber.
"Follmer made a great play, but Seckel did not quit on that puck," Wildcats coach Walt Kyle said to Mick Hatten of the St. Cloud Times (sctimes.com) of the left wing, who passed the puck to Follmer for the shot.
"Everyone else had kind of gone to sleep and Seckel kept going and made the play."
Seckel, a sophomore forward, scored his team-high eighth goal of the season on a deflection from Austin Handley at 9:55 of the third period.
"We knew we had to keep giving it our all and the hockey gods would come on our side at some time," said Seckel to the St. Cloud Times. "Handley had a shot blocked and I knew he would get that puck and fire it on net again.
"It came on net and I got a lucky tip for a garbage goal."
NMU goalie Jared Coreau had 37 saves, while Ryan Faragher made 19 saves for the Huskies (12-10-0), who fell a point back of Nebraska-Omaha for the lead in the WCHA.
Northern Michigan 2, St. Cloud State 1
Northern Michigan 0 1 1 - 2
St. Cloud State 0 1 0 - 1
1st period - Penalties - Ryan Daugherty, NMU (boarding) 19:18.
2nd period - 1, SCSU, Jonny Brodzinski/9 (Drew LeBlanc/24, Nick Jensen/15) 10:23. 2, NMU, Kyle Follmer/2 (Reed Seckel/7, Matt Thurber/15) 19:59. Penalties - Tim Daly, SCSU (hooking) 8:01; Jake Baker, NMU (tripping) 11:12.
3rd period - 3, NMU, Reed Seckel/8 (Austin Handley/1, Erik Higby/8) 9:55. Penalties - Ryan Kesti, NMU (slashing) 2:57.
Shots on goal - NMU 5-8-8 21; SCSU 14-17-7 38.
Power plays - NMU 0 of 1; SCSU 0 of 3.
Penalties - NMU 3 (6 min); SCSU 1 (2 min).
Goalies - NMU, Jared Coreau 8-10-3 (60:00 minutes, 38 shots-37 saves); SCSU, Ryan Faragher 11-8-0 (59:28, 21-19) , EMPTY NET (00:32, 0-0).
NMU was unable to outshoot SCSU for a second time in a row, giving up 38 shots while only generating 21.
However, the Wildcats woeful penalty kill received a boost by shutting out the Huskies on all three of their man advantages.
The Wildcat PK was ranked second-to-last in the nation heading into the weekend, but killed all eight Husky power plays in the series after giving up four power play goals at Lake Superior State to close 2012.
Northern, which remains tied for last place in the CCHA at 2-9-3 with Bowling Green State, returns to league play on Friday and Saturday this week, hosting Miami at the Berry Events Center.