NMU hockey suffers 1st sweep of season at Nebraska-Omaha

By Journal Sports Staff

OMAHA, Nebraska — The Northern Michigan University hockey team was swept for the first time this season after Nebraska-Omaha posted a 4-1 nonconference victory on Saturday night.

The Mavericks (6-5-1) scored two even-strength goals in each of the first two periods before the Wildcats (7-7) averted the shutout with Philip Beaulieu’s fourth goal of the season in the final minute of the second period.

Assists on Beaulieu’s goal went to Adam Rockwood, his ninth of the season, and Denver Pierce, his first. Beaulieu also scored NMU’s first goal on Friday night in Northern’s 4-3 loss.

Omaha unleashed an early onslaught on Wildcats goalie Mathias Israelsson, who finished with 26 saves a night after stopping 16.

On Saturday, the Mavs scored twice in the game’s first 2 1/2 minutes, getting on the board 34 seconds in on a shot by David Pope, then making it 2-0 just 2:21 in on a goal by Luke Nogard. Nogard scored the game-winner for UNO on Friday night late in the second period.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference team upped its advantage to 3-0 barely two minutes into the second period with an unassisted goal by Teemu Pulkkinen, then rounded out its scoring with 4:09 left in the second on a goal by Zach Jordan, another player who scored on Friday.

The Mavs held a solid 13-6 shots-on-goal advantage in the first period, but NMU just about offset it with a 13-7 edge in the second.

NMU got off a total of 26 shots against Omaha goalie Evan Weninger.

For the second straight game, neither team scored on special teams, Northern killing off seven UNO power plays while being unsuccessful on five of its own.

For the weekend, the Wildcats were 0 of 11 on power plays and Omaha 0 of 12.

NMU returns home for WCHA series at the Berry Events Center over two of the next three weekends. Next up are games against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and Saturday, while the ‘Cats host Ferris State on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16. All game times are 7 p.m.

In between will be a series in Minnesota at Bemidji State on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, with game times of 8:07 p.m. EST for each contest.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.