NMU hockey: Wildcats top Alabama-Huntsville 4-1, move to seventh in WCHA

MARQUETTE – One down, one to go.

The Northern Michigan University hockey team is now one win away from clinching a spot in the WCHA playoffs after beating Alabama-Huntsville 4-1 on Friday in Huntsville, Ala.

The Wildcats, who play at UAH again at 8:07 p.m. EST tonight, jumped from ninth to seventh place in the WCHA via losses on Friday by Lake Superior State at Ferris State and by Bemidji State at Bowling Green. NMU leads LSSU and BSU by a point in the standings going into the final night of the regular season.

Wildcats freshman defenseman Brock Maschmeyer nabbed his fourth goal of the year with assists from senior forward Stephan Vigier and junior defenseman Mitch Jones 4:56 into the contest for a 1-0 Northern lead.

NMU freshman forward Dominik Shine gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead 1:06 into the second period by placing a shot top shelf with an assist from Reed Seckel.

The Chargers picked up a power play goal to pull within one at 16:02 of the second, but Seckel gave the ‘Cats a 3-1 lead heading into the third period by slipping the puck through the five hole of UAH goaltender Matt Larose 4.3 seconds before the intermission with assists from freshman forward Shane Sooth and senior defenseman Wade Epp.

Shine and Sooth connected again in the third in a two-point swing in favor of NMU.

NMU redshirt freshman goaltender Mathias Dahlstrom won a one-on-one breakaway that Northern turned into a goal for Seckel and an assist for Shine on the ensuing rush 7:45 into the third.

Larose finished with 38 saves for the Chargers, who were out shot by the Wildcats 42-27. Dahlstrom made 26 saves for NMU.