NMU hockey: Wildcats give up three third period goals in loss at North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team gave up three goals in the final 10 minutes Saturday, including an empty net goal, to fall 3-1 to the University of North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.

“I thought we played well,” NMU head coach Walt Kyle said in an interview with the Grand Forks Herald’s Brad Schlossman. “In the third period, (UND) came out with a real purpose. We turned some pucks over and they took advantage of it.”

The Wildcats (6-10-2 overall), winless in their last six games with five losses and a tie, took a 1-0 lead at the 15:20 mark of the first period via the second goal of the weekend and season by freshman forward Shane Sooth with assists from junior forward Ryan Daugherty and junior defenseman Mitch Jones.

His goal held up until North Dakota’s Greg Ausmus tied the game at 1-1 with 9:25 to play in the game. Drake Caggiula notched the game winner for UND at 14:12 of the third period and Derek Rodwell iced the game for UND with 35 seconds left in the game.

NMU redshirt freshman Mathias Dahlstrom finished with 28 saves while North Dakota’s Zane Gothberg stopped 13 of NMU’s 14 shots.

Northern, which lost 4-1 at UND on Friday, was outshot by North Dakota 14-3 in the third period.

“I didn’t think last night we played the way we were capable of,” Kyle said to the Herald. “Tonight we were much better for 40 minutes. I didn’t think we were as good in the third.”

The Wildcats are off until Jan. 3-4 when they play a pair of WCHA games at Bemidji State.