Wildcats swept away in Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Northern Michigan University was swept by the University of Alaska over the weekend, losing to the Nanooks 4-2 on Saturday night despite scoring the game’s first goal.

The Wildcats fell to 11-12-4 overall and 5-11-4 in the CCHA after being swept by Alaska for just the second time in 48 games total the teams have played each other.

The Nanooks won their sixth straight game and improved to 12-8-4 and 10-7-3.

NMU sophomore forward Ryan Daugherty scoring his team-leading niinth goal just 1:34 into the game, getting assists from junior forward Stephan Vigier and freshman forward Justin Rose.

Then the roof caved in on the Wildcats as the home squad scored four straight goals. Alaska’s Colton Beck tied it 1-1 with 4:25 left in the first, while Tyler Morley gave it the lead 5:06 into the second. Beck scored another goal about five minutes later, while Colton Parayko made it 4-1 on a power-play tally not long after.

Senior defenseman Scott Macaulay pulled Northern within two, 4-2, with 6:16 left in the second on a shorthanded goal that was assisted by senior forward Matt Thurber.

NMU junior goaltender Jared Coreau started and made 15 saves, being pulled in favor of freshman Michael Doan with 7:01 to go in the second. Doan had 18 saves in his fourth appearance this season.

NMU was 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Nanooks were 1 of 6, which included a five-minute major penalty called on the Wildcats.

Northern has this weekend off before hosting Ferris State on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9.