NMU can't solve Cornell defense in 3-1 defeat
Top-ranked Cornell (13-1-3, 8-1-1 ECAC) snapped the No. 17 Northern Michigan University Wildcats' (13-8-3, 11-5-0-0 WCHA) undefeated streak with a 3-1 decision on Saturday night at Lynah Rink. Junior Adam Roeder tallied the lone goal for the Wildcats in the loss.
The Big Red were the first to get on the board, tallying their first of the game with a quick deflection just 64 seconds into play. Roeder tied the game at one a piece later in the first while the Wildcats went on a 12-0 shots on goal run and ended the period with the 17-8 advantage on net.
The second period was virtually the opposite, with Cornell posting 17 shots while allowing just six for the 25-23 edge after two and the 2-1 lead.
The Wildcats peppered the Big Red netminder in the third but were unable to break Galajda for the 3-1 final.
Nolan Kent came up with 26 total saves on the night, including 16 in a demanding second period.
Freshman Michael Van Unen skated the puck into the Cornell zone where he faked out Cornell netminder, allowing Adam Roeder to secure the puck and fire it home from the top of the slot to knot the game at 1-1 with 5:34 remaining in the first period.
The Wildcats held the slight advantage in shots on net, 30-29 while Nolan Kent picked up 26 saves in the loss.
Kent's record moves to 9-3-1 in 2019-20 and holds a .916 save percentage. His .731 win percentage now ranks sixth among all goaltenders in 2019-20 and second in the WCHA.
The Wildcats were perfect on the penalty kill Saturday night and allowed just one power play tally on nine kills over the two game series with Cornell.
With 17 total blocked shots for the Wildcats, freshman Tanner Vescio led the team with four solo blocks while Rylan Yaremko and Ben Newhouse both jumped in front of three.
Two Wildcats posted five shots on goal with Joseph Nardi and Philip Beaulieu leading the way in the category. In overall shot attempts, AJ Vanderbeck recorded a team-high eight, including three on net.
Their 3.33 goals per game puts the Wildcats among the top-10 offenses in the nation (10th).
The Wildcats head to the opposite side of the country as they fly to Fairbanks, Alaska for their regular season finale with the Nanooks, January 24-25. Puck drop on Friday night will be at 11:07 p.m. ET before a 9:07 start the following night.
Earlier this season the two teams split a weekend series in Marquette with the Wildcats taking the first game before dropping a close one Saturday night to Alaska.