MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University freshman forward Cohen Adair returned to the scoring sheet a just the right time Saturday night at the Berry Events Center
His goal was overshadowed in the second period, however, by three Notre Dame scores as the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish picked up a 3-2 victory over the No. 16 Wildcats for a CCHA-opening weekend sweep in Marquette.
Adair, who is tied with sophomore Ryan Daugherty for a team high of three goals, tied the game 7:56 into the second period by sneaking a wrap around past Notre Dame senior netminder Mike Johnson.
It was his first goal since scoring in each of the Wildcats' wins over Wisconsin in Green Bay.
Notre Dame senior Nick Larson snuck a puck through the five hole of Wildcats junior goaltender Jared Coreau 3:13 into the second period for the first Irish lead of the night.
The second Irish lead was acquired in similar fashion, but this time it was freshman Steven Fogarty scoring his first collegiate goal at the 9:02 mark. He banked in another goal at 18:33 of the second period on the power play to put Notre Dame up by two.
NMU freshman Darren Nowick picked up his second goal of the season to cut the Irish lead to one 5:46 into the third period. Nowick's goal was the work of junior defenseman Kyle Follmer, who broke into the Irish zone, and sophomore forward Reed Seckel, who fed the freshman with a pass from behind the net of Johnson.
Coreau finished with 29 saves for the NMU while Johnson, who was making his first start of the season in place of junior Steven Summerhays, made 26 saves.
Notes: Thurber recorded his team-high sixth point by assisting on Adair's goal. Thurber has one goal and five assists in six games. ... NMU sophomore defenseman Jake Baker left the game in the second period after taking a hard hit into the board backwards. ... NMU came up empty on its lone power play chance of the night and is 0-14 on the man advantage in its last four games, three of which were losses. NMU scored a power play goal both nights against Wisconsin in Green Bay.