Northern Michigan Sweeps Weekend Series With 3-1 Win Over Alabama Huntsville
Senior forward Darren Nowick scores power-play goal for Wildcats

Senior forward Darren Nowick scored a power-play goal for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 9:41  ALH1-0 EV Brent Fletcher (3)Brandon Parker/8, Matt Salhany/6
1st 15:09  NMU1-1 EV Cohen Adair (4)Jordan Klimek/9, Sami Salminen/2
2nd 0:55  NMU2-1 PP GW Darren Nowick (12)Brock Maschmeyer/7, Dominik Shine/14
2nd 14:01  NMU3-1 EV Zach Diamantoni (3)Robbie Payne/7, Shane Sooth/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Alabama Huntsville  1001
Northern Michigan  1203
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Alabama Huntsville  56415
Northern Michigan  10151035
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alabama Huntsville (6-19-5)  0/4 5/10 0
Northern Michigan (15-11-6)  1/3 6/12 0
Alabama Huntsville Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Carmine Guerriero (L, 2-13-2)58:453 9131032
Empty Net1:150     
Northern Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Mathias Dahlström (W, 7-0-0)60:001 46414

MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan hockey team sealed its second-straight sweep at the Berry Events Center with a 3-1 victory over Alabama-Huntsville Saturday night.

Nine different Wildcats recorded a point in the win, which moved Northern Michigan to 15-11-6 (12-8-4 WCHA) on the season.

Even though the Wildcats built a 7-2 shot advantage in the first period's first nine minutes, the Chargers opened the scoring at 9:41 when Brent Fletcher banked a Brandon Parker shot off of Mathias Dahlstrom's skate and in.

Northern Michigan responded at 15:09 after Sami Salminen won a defensive zone draw back to Jordan Klimek. Klimek played the puck up the left boards to Cohen Adair, who carried it the length of the ice. After beating his defender to get an uncontested look on net, Adair fired the puck between the post and Carmine Guerriero's blocker.

Because Kurt Gosselin was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct as time expired in the first, the Wildcats opened the second on the power play. And they capitalized 55 seconds in, with Darren Nowick finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play from the left circle.

Zach Diamantoni extended the Northern Michigan advantage to two strikes at 14:01. After Robbie Payne took a drop pass from Shane Sooth in the middle of the right circle and fired the puck on goal, Diamantoni deflected it between Guerriero and Parker into the upper left corner of the net.

In a scoreless third period, Dahlstrom came up with his biggest save of the game with 4:47 remaining in regulation. With Alabama-Huntsville on a 2-on-1 rush, he swatted aside Jetlan Houcher's shot with his glove to maintain the Wildcats' two-goal edge.

With 1:08 left to play, Anthony Paskaruk was sent to the box for slashing, and the Chargers pulled Guerriero to give themselves a 6-on-4 man advantage. The Northern Michigan penalty kill unit of Nowick, Dominik Shine, Brock Maschmeyer and Ryan Trenz didn't allow a single shot on net, and Max McHugh hit the outside of the post when Alabama-Huntsville managed to find an open lane.

The Wildcats, who moved into a tie with Ferris State for fourth in the WCHA standings, return to the ice next weekend when they battle Lake Superior State for the Cappo Cup in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

NOTES: Northern Michigan leads the all-time series, 11-2-3 ... The Wildcats are now 7-0-1 against the Chargers at the Berry Events Center ... Northern Michigan extended its win streak to three games, a new season-best mark ... The Wildcats last swept their opponent Feb. 5-6, topping Alaska-Anchorage, 3-2 and 5-4 at the Berry Events Center ... Northern Michigan is 6-2-0 in its last eight home games ... Dahlstrom made 14 saves to move to 7-0-0 on the season .. The Wildcats allowed a season-low 15 shots; they only gave up 34 shots during the series ... With the secondary assist on Nowick's power play goal, Shine extended his point streak to seven games, the longest posted by a Wildcat this season ... Shine has 10 points (3g-7a) over that stretch ... Shine put together one of Northern Michigan's two six-game point streaks from Dec. 11 to Jan. 9; he registered nine points (5g-4a) over that span ... Adair netted his first goal since he returned from injury Dec. 29 ... Salminen, who missed 21 games due to injury, picked up his second point of the season.