The Northern Michigan University hockey team dropped a 7-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest at Upper Peninsula rival Michigan Tech Friday.
The loss moved NMU to 12-17-2 overall with a 10-12-1 league mark. The Huskies improved to 15-14-1 overall with an 11-11-0 WCHA record.
"I liked us in the first period, I thought we came out in the second and had two veteran defenders turn two pucks over," said NMU head coach Walt Kyle. "Then we had another leave his neck uncovered on that shorty and all of a sudden we are chasing the rabbit. Those are mistakes you can't afford to make at critical times of the game and we did."
With 1:23 left in the period Michigan Tech's David Johnstone scored on the power play on assists from Shane Hanna and Alex Petan to even the score at 1-1.
Sophomore defenseman Barrett Kaib scored the first goal of his Wildcat career on an assist from junior forward Ryan Daugherty at the 4:19 mark of the second period giving the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage.
Michigan Tech answered just 10-seconds later when Reid Sturos scored on an assist from Blake Pietlla. Sturos and Paietlla teamed up again to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead at the 7:18 mark of the second.
Tanner Kero then added another goal for the Huskies on an assist from Hanna at the 12:03 mark of the second.
Hannah then extended the Huskies lead to 5-3 on a power play goal from Johnstone and Sturos with 14:16 left in the contest.
Michigan Tech stretched its lead back to 6-3 with 4:22 left in the game on a score from Blake Hietala on assists from CJ Eick and Hannah.
Daugherty scored with 1:27 left in the game on an assist from sophomore goalie Michael Doan to cut the MTU lead to 6-4.
The Huskies scored with less than a minute left (36-seconds) in the game to set the final tally at 7-4. Sturos scored on an assist from Cliff Watson.
Freshman goalie Mathias Dahlstrom made 28 saves in net for the Wildcats on the loss falling to 11-15-2 on the season. Doan played the final 5:44 of the game in net for NMU making 2 saves. Phoenix Copley took the win making 21 saves in net for the Huskies.
NMU was outshot in the contest 37-25 including a 13-7 edge in the third period.
Northern Michigan returns home to host the Huskies at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at the Berry Events Center.