NMU hockey: Wildcats finish off sweep of Bemidji State with 3-1 win

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team earned its second sweep of the season and first on the road via a 3-1 victory over Bemidji State on Saturday at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn.

Northern, which won 4-1 on Friday, killed all nine Beavers power plays on the weekend, including six on Saturday with three Wildcat penalties being for too many men on the ice.

“We did a pretty good job on the forecheck against them and didn’t allow them to get set up often in the zone,” NMU head coach Walt Kyle said about the penalty kill in an interview with Jack Hittinger of the Bemidji Pioneer.

“I’m really happy with the effort. I didn’t think we were really sharp to start with. We had too many offsides and those stupid too many men penalties.”

NMU senior forward Stephan Vigier’s 11th goal of the season at 13:51 of the second period proved to be the game winner. He and junior forward Reed Seckel caught the Beavers in transition following a penalty kill and Seckel was able to thread a pass to Vigier to set up the score.

Freshman forward Sami Salminen assisted on the Wildcats’ first goal by sophomore forward Cohen Adair that put Northern up 1-0 at 15:42 of the first period. He then set up junior defenseman Jake Baker for a blast from the point at 3:30 of the third period to put NMU up 3-1.

Jeff Jubinville tallied the Beavers lone goal, tying the game at 1-1 at 16:51 of the first period.

“We played a lot better tonight than we did last night, but on the power play, we had a hard time,” BSU coach Tom Serratore said to the Pioneer. “We didn’t win face offs, we couldn’t possess the puck and when we did we had a hard time breaking it out. They did a great job up-ice. That hurt us.”

After tying in shots on goal 29-29 on Friday, the Beavers outshot the Wildcats 33-24 on Saturday.

NMU redshirt freshman goaltender Mathias Dahlstrom stopped 32 of those 33 BSU shots – including 14 in the third period – while BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh made 21 saves.

NOTES: NMU junior defenseman Luke Eibler had the second assist on the first goal and junior forward Ryan Kesti had the second assist on Northern’s third goal. The Wildcats were 0 for 3 on the power play Saturday. NMU is off the weekend of Jan. 10-11 before hosting Alaska on Jan. 17-18 at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. NMU hasn’t played at home since Nov. 29-30 against Ferris State.