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      NMU Hockey Defeated at Western Michigan

      The Northern Michigan University hockey team was defeated by No. 10-ranked Western Michigan University, 4-2, on Friday (Nov. 30) night from Lawson Ice Arena. The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period before the Broncos answered with four goals, including three on special teams.With the loss, NMU is now 5-7-3 overall and 2-6-3-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Western moves to 7-3-1 and 4-2-1-1 in the CCHA.Junior forward Jake Johnson opened the gameâ??s scoring 58 seconds into the second period as he tipped in junior defenseman Wade Eppâ??s shot from the blue line. It was Johnsonâ??s second in the last three games and third ofhis career. Also assisting on the goal was junior forward Stephan Vigier.Sophomore forward Ryan Daugherty added to the lead with his team-leading sixth of the season three minutes later (3:52). Assisting on the goal was sophomore forward Reed Seckel and senior defenseman Kyle Follmer.WMU pulled to within one 6:06 into the second as Chase Balisy scored a shorthanded tally. Junior goaltender Jared Coreau mishandled the puck behind the net and Balisy buried his fourth of the season, unassisted.The Broncos evened up the game before the end of the second (16:16) as Kenny Morrison found the back of the net on the power play.Dane Walters gave the Broncos the lead with a 5-on-3 power-play goal midway through the third period for the 3-2 lead.Northern pulled Coreau for the extra attacker late in the game and WMU capitalized as Balisy scored added an empty net goal.Coreau finished the game with 35 saves as the â??Cats were outshot 39-12. Frank Slubowski had 10 saves for the Broncos.NMU was 0-for-3 on the power play while WMU was 2-for-5. The â??Cats took six minor penalties while the Broncos had four.The two teams wrap up the CCHA series at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.