MARQUETTE, Mi. Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (3-6-0, 2-2-0-0 WCHA) dropped their series opener with No. 17 Cornell University (3-2-0, 2-0-0-0 ECAC) Friday evening in the Berry Events Center. The game marked the third matchup with a ranked opponent for the Wildcats in their first five series to begin the season.
SLATTERY TIES IT
Cornell managed to jump out to an early lead, scoring just three minutes into the contest. The lead lasted much of the opening period but sophomore forward Mitch Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minnesota) tied it with less than two minutes remaining in the period.
After intercepting the puck in the Big Red zone, Slattery sent the puck into the net to even the game at one goal each. His first goal of the season and fifth of his career came at 18:04 and sent both teams into the first intermission deadlocked at one.
Penalties plagued the Wildcats in the second period with three calls coming against the Wildcats. The score remained tied for much of the period before the Big Red took scored with an advantage 13 minutes in. The goal gave the Big Red a 2-1 lead with less than seven minutes before the second intermission.
Just over a minute later, Cornell made it a two-goal lead when they netted their third goal of the contest. The 3-1 score lasted the rest of the period with the Big Red taking their lead into the final period.
Despite the Wildcats taking their most shot attempts in the third period, NMU was unable to cut into the deficit. The Wildcats attempted six shots in the final period before falling, 3-1.
ATTE IN GOAL
Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) continues to rank near the top of the national leaderboard for saves this season. After making 19 tonight, he now has 240 for the season, currently third-most in the NCAA. His save percentage sits at .913, while his goals against average is now at 2.57.
A pair of Wildcats attempted multiple shots in the first contest of the series. Senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) led the team with four chances on-net. Not far behind, junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) attempted three shots. Six more Wildcats attempted a single shot, including Slattery's goal.
The series will wrap up Saturday evening in the Berry Events Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.