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Western Michigan finishes CCHA sweep of Northern Michigan with 1-0 decision

December 2, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

KALAMAZOO - The Northern Michigan University hockey team was shut out for the second time this season as No. 10-ranked Western Michigan University defeated the Wildcats 1-0 on Saturday night at Lawson Ice Arena.

The Broncos swept the only series the teams play this season, also earning their sixth win in a row against NMU. WMU won 4-2 on Friday.

NMU is 5-8-3 overall and 2-7-3 in the CCHA, while Western is 8-3-1 and 5-2-1.

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Northern Michigan University's Kory Kaunisto awaits a faceoff on Saturday against Western Michigan at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo. (NMU photo by Calvin Larson)

Wildcats junior goaltender Jared Coreau stopped at least 30 shots for the third straight game and ninth time this season, finishing with 37 saves.

The only goal of the game came 5:36 into the second period off the stick of WMU's Trevor Elias. Assisting on the even-strength tally was Ben Warda and Justin Kovacks.

Northern senior defenseman Scott Macaulay had a chance to score the equalizer seven minutes into the third, but Broncos goalie Frank Slubowski stood tall and handled a flurry of NMU shots. NMU sophomore forward Reed Seckel also had a chance with less than 20 seconds to go with the extra attacker, but couldn't capitalize.

Slubowski finished with 23 saves as WMU outshot NMU, 38-23.

Northern had three power-play opportunities and Western five. The 'Cats took eight penalties for 27 minutes while the Broncos had five minors.

The 'Cats have a non-conference game at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday when they play Michigan Tech for the first time this season at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.

Game notes: NMU was shut out 2-0 at Ohio State on Nov. 16. The last time NMU won in Kalamazoo was Jan. 31, 2008. The last time NMU defeated WMU was Dec. 3, 2010.

 
 

 

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