ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – No. 20 Northern Michigan jumped out to an early 3-0 first period lead and survived a late game comeback by Alaska Anchorage to post a 5-3 win Saturday.
Northern Michigan took a 1-0 lead 23 seconds into the game after a goal by Adam Rockwood.
The Wildcats capitalized on a five-minute major penalty to take a 2-0 lead at 1:32.
Joseph Nardi extended the NMU lead to 3-0 with a goal at 15:46.
The Seawolves cut the lead to 3-2 thanks to goals by Nicolas Erb-Ekholm and Nathan Renouf in the second period.
Jarrett Brown sent a centering pass to Alec Butcher who dropped it back for Nicolas Erb-Ekholm who lit the lamp at 13:00.
Jonah Renouf sent a back-handed pass from behind the goal to his brother Nathan who netted his second goal of the season at 13:00.
Robert Fosdick buried a wrist shot at 16:52 for Northern to push the NMU lead to 4-2.
The Seawolves pulled Olivier Mantha, who finished with 22 saves, and it paid off as Alex Butcher scored his fourth goal of the season on an offensive rush with 45 seconds remaining.
UAA nearly tied the game just seconds later but the puck was stopped on the goal line by a defender’s skate.
Troy Loggins completed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 18 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats led 27-23 in shots, and finished 1-for-7 on the powerplay. The Seawolves were 0-3 on the man-advantage.
Alaska Anchorage will play at Minnesota State Feb. 2-3.