Wildcats tie top ranked Cornell Big Red
The No. 17 Northern Michigan University hockey program (13-7-3, 11-5-0-0) skated to a 2-2 tie with top-ranked Cornell (12-1-3, 8-1-1 ECAC) Friday night at Lynah Rink.
The Wildcats opened the scoring at 12:20 of the first period when Ben Newhouse found the back of the net with a quick shot from the top of the circle, beating Big Red goaltender Galajda for the 1-0 tally. Cornell would answer a few minutes later as the two teams headed to the first intermission knotted at one.
Vincent de Mey put the Wildcats back on top late in the second period with his fourth goal in the past two games but the Big Red would find the back of the net once more in the third stanza to force extra hockey.
Cornell led in shots on goal Friday night, posting 33 to NMU's 26 while Nolan Kent stood tall in net to record 31 saves and improve his season record to 9-2-1.
Ben Newhouse tallied his third goal of the season when he picked up Brandon Schultz's pass through the offensive zone and fired one home from the top of the far circle. The assist was Schutz's first career point while Andre Ghantous was also credited with a helper for his seventh of the year.
Vincent de Mey cut to the middle at 17:09 in the second period, firing the puck short-side to give the Wildcats the 2-1 lead. Garrett Klee and Ty Readman both picked up assists on the play, to extend their point streaks to four and two games, respectively. The goal was de Mey's fourth in his last two games and he now rides a four-game point streak (4-2-6).
The No. 17 Wildcats improve their undefeated streak to six games, owning a 5-0-1 record since their final game of 2019 and have gone 3-0-1 against ranked teams during that stretch. Heading into Saturday night, the team is 1-1-1 against top-ranked opponents, having previously split with then-No. 1 Minnesota State to end the first half of the season.
With 13 goals on the season, Vincent de Mey ranks 19th overall in goals per game (0.57).
Joseph Nardi (four) and Ben Newhouse (three) combined for seven blocked shots on the night to help the Wildcats earn the 2-2 tie at Cornell.
With five shots on goal, and six attempted shots, de Mey led his team in both categories.
Nolan Kent backstopped the Wildcats to 31 saves on the night, improving his season save percentage to .918 and a 9-2-1 record. In his last eight starts he owns a 6-0-1 record.
With a 9-2-1 record, Kent's win percentage of .792 falls fourth among all goaltenders in 2019-20.
Averaging 3.43 goals per game, the Wildcat offense is 10th in the nation in scoring while their 0.65 scoring margin is 15th.
Ty Readman's +2 on-ice rating led all NMU skaters.
Owning a 5-0-1 record in their last six games, the Wildcats' six game unbeaten streak ranks second longest in the nation.
The two teams close out their series tomorrow night with puck drop set for 7:07 p.m. at Lynah Rink. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Following their trip out east, the Wildcats head to the last frontier as they make their lone trek to Alaska this season with their regular series finale in Fairbanks against the Nanooks.