Roundup: NMU Gets by Huntsville

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March 5, 2018
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Ferraro, Wischow Carry UMass to Quarters

CHN Staff Report

Northern Michigan avoided complete humiliation Sunday night with a 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville to advance in the WCHA tournament.

The win for NMU ends UAH’s season and sets up a No. 2 vs. No. 3 semifinal matchuo for the Wildcats. They will face third-seeded Bowling Green next weekend for a spot in the WCHA championship game.

Everything changed on Cam Knight major penalty Sunday night. His penalty came with the game tied, 2-2, at 12:36 of the second period. NMU would score twice on the major penalty with Troy Loggins and Denver Pierce scoring.

Both players finished the night with two goals.

Huntsville’s season may’ve ended in the quarterfinals. However, it was the first time it qualified for the league playoffs since the 2014-15 season. It’s win total of 12 is the most since the team won 12 in the 2009-10 season.

Advancing prevents the weekend from being a total disaster for NMU. But Saturday’s loss to UAH cost NMU any chance of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats will need to win the WCHA tournament if it wants to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010. They’ve fallen to 18th in the Pairwise.

UMass 5, UVM 1UMass wins series, 2-1

Prior to the 2017-18 season, Massachusetts Greg Carvel was adamant that something was different in Amherst. It hasn’t seemed much different at times this season. The Minutemen were hardly a dominant Hockey East team and are likely to finish with a losing record for the eighth consecutive season.

But Carvel has changed at least one frustrating reality. The Minutemen defeated Vermont, 5-1, in Sunday’s Game 3 of their Hockey East first round series. The win clinched a playoff series win for UMass — their first since the 2006-07 season.

“That was a really good hockey series,” Carvel said. “Vermont played …

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