NMU Hockey earns split against Alabama Huntsville
The Northern Michigan University Wildcats (8-6-2, 6-4-0-0 WCHA) defeated the Chargers of Alabama Huntsville (1-12-1, 1-8-0-1 WCHA), 3-1 Saturday evening to earn the weekend split.
The Wildcats opened the scoring at 5:03 of the first period when Garrett Klee netted the team's first short-handed goal of the season and first of his career. The two teams would skate to the intermission with a 1-0 score while the Wildcats posted 14 shots on goal
Shortly after the Chargers knotted the game at one-all, Luke Voltin scored his second goal of the season to give NMU the 2-1 score heading into the final period.
Vincent de Mey sealed the deal with his empty net goal with 15 seconds remaining for the 3-1 final score.
Garrett Klee's short-handed tally came just over five minutes into the first period and seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game. His breakaway chance at 5:03 of the opening frame, assisted by Mitchel Slattery, gave the Wildcats the 1-0 lead.
Putting the Wildcats back on top was Luke Voltin who scored his second the season just moments after the Chargers had tied the game part way through the second. Jarrett Lee picked up the lone assist on Voltin's game-winning-goal.
With six attackers on the ice for the Chargers, Grant Loven passed the puck up ice to Vincent de Mey at the blue line. Beating a defender in the neutral zone, de Mey carried the puck in and tapped in the empty net goal to secure the Wildcat victory.
The Wildcats outshot the Chargers 35-17, including 29 shots through the first two periods.
Nolan Kent stopped 16 of 17 shot attempts, improving his season save percentage to .899 and boasted a career-high 60 minute percentage of .949.
NMU killed all six chances UAH had with the man-advantage and tallied their first short-handed goal of the season courtesy of Garrett Klee.
With his short-handed tally, Klee now ranks sixth nationally in the category.
Riding a five-game point-steak, Philip Beaulieu ranks 15th among all defensemen in season points with 14 (1-13-14) and is the current leader among active collegiate defensemen with 110 career points.
Having stopped all nine UAH power plays on the weekend, including six opportunities Saturay night, the Wildcats penalty kill unit ranks 14th in the nation, with an 85.7 percent success rate.
Tanner Vescio led the team in shots blocked, jumping in front of four Chargers shots while Vincent de Mey posted six shots on goal for the team lead.
The 3-1 win earns the Wildcats a 3-1 regular season series record against the Chargers.
The Wildcats will have a weekend off before they play host to top-ranked Minnesota State December 13-14 to round out the first half of the season.