NMU icers stay in first place in WCHA with win over Alaska-Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — One day after taking over first place in the WCHA standings, the Northern Michigan University hockey team padded its lead Saturday night against Alaska-Anchorage.

The Wildcats got off to a great start, scoring two goals within the first two minutes of the game and held on late to sweep the Seawolves 5-3.

With the win, NMU (17-10-3, 15-5-2 WCHA) now has 49 points and is up three points on Bowling Green State and four on Minnesota State as the regular season winds down.

Wildcats forward Adam Rockwood got Northern on the scoreboard just 23 seconds into the first period. Less than a minute later, NMU struck again with a power play goal by Troy Loggins.

If that wasn’t enough, Northern got its third tally of the frame on a goal by Joseph Nardi at the 15:46 mark.

However, the Seawolves (2-20-4, 2-15-3) rallied in the second period. Forward Nicolas Erb-Ekholm gave UAA its first goal at the 7:33 mark and Nathan Renouf cut the deficit to one at the 13:00 mark.

Northern wasn’t rattled though and pushed its advantage back to two goals when Robert Fosdick notched his first goal of the year.

Just like Friday night, the Seawolves pulled within one of the Wildcats on a goal with the extra skater by Alec Butcher.

However, also like the previous game, Northern got an empty netter, this time from Loggins to cap off the win.

NMU heads to Alabama-Huntsville this weekend with both Saturday and Sunday’s games scheduled for 3:07 p.m. at the Von Braun Center.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.