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Monday July 22, 2024
Wildcats Erupt In 9-1 Rout Over Alaska-Anchorage

This story was written by NMU Sports Information

 The Wildcats got back to winning ways in impressive fashion, downing Alaska Anchorage 9-1 on Friday. 

NMU got two goals from AJ VanderbeckKristof Papp, and Vincent de MeyMikey ColellaDavid Keefer, and Alex Frye also scored. After a goal in the 1st, the ofense erupted for four goals in each of the 2nd and 3rd periods.

Several 'Cats hit career single-game highs including Kristof Papp with two goals and three points, Vanderbeck tying his single-game best with four points, and Funk and Jungels each getting a pair of helpers for personal bests.  

UAA was whistled for a hook 1:27 into the game, but the Seawolves were able to fend off being a man down early. Soon after, they went right back to the box and faced being short a skater. Again, Anchorage fought it off. 

The Wildcats proceeded to put together a successful penalty kill of their own with 12:04 left in the opening period. 

After steady play for over five minutes, Frye was sent to the box at the 6:15 mark. The Wildcats once again got through a man-down unscathed. 

With 3:32 left, Colby Enns dumped a pass to Artem Shlaine who sent it in front the of net and AJ Vanderbeck took care of the rest for a 1-0 lead. 

That 1-0 lead held after 20 minutes. NMU outshot UAA 10-8 in the period. 

At 13:21, the Seawolves received a 5-minute major call. Kristof Papp wasted no time, sniping the top shelf less than a minute into the man advantage for a 2-0 Wildcat edge. 

Papp continued his surge, scoring again less than two minutes later off a rebound. Alex Frye and AJ Vanderbeck assisted. Another forty seconds passed when AJ Vanderbeck added his 2nd of the night. Josh Zinger assisted as NMU scored three times in a 2:26 span.

With 1:27 left, Reilly Funk placed a beautiful pass in front of the net and Vincent de Mey lit the lamp for a 5-0 lead. Jett Jungels also added a helper. 

NMU led in shots 23-12 after the 2nd.  

Alex Frye sizzled the back of the net 3:47 into the period as NMU stretched the lead to 6-0. Papp and Larson got the apples. 

Former Wildcat Connor Marritt prevented the shutout, scoring for the Seawolves 6:23 into the 3rd. NMU remained up 6-1. 

The Wildcats got late goals from David KeeferMikey Colella, and Vincent de Mey as NMU cruised to the finish line in a 9-1 win. 
  • AJ Vanderbeck tallied his 5th and 6th goal of the season to lead the country. 
  • Kristof Papp recorded his first multi-goal game in his career. 
  • Vincent de Mey scored twice for the 'Cats.
  • Jett Jungels and Reilly Funk each assisted twice, hitting single-game career highs in assists and points.
  • NMU outshot UAA 33-18. 
  • Beni Halasz stopped 17 shots in net. 
Goal Summary
1st Period
16:28 - AJ Vanderbeck (NMU, 1-0) - Assisted by Artem Shlaine and Colby Enns

2nd Period
7:06 - Kristof Papp (NMU PP, 2-0) - Assisted by Josh Zinger and AJ Vanderbeck
8:52 - Kristof Papp (NMU PP, 3-0) - Assisted by Alex Frye and AJ Vanderbeck
9:32 - AJ Vanderbeck (NMU PP, 4-0) - Assisted by Josh Zinger
18:33 - Vincent de Mey (NMU, 5-0) - Assisted by Reilly Funk and Jett Jungels

3rd Period
3:47 - Alex Frye (NMU, 6-0) - Assisted by Kristof Papp and Joey Larson
6:23 - Connor Marritt (UAA, 6-1) - Assisted by Derek Hamelin and Maximilon Helgeson
15:30 - David Keefer (NMU, 7-1) - Assisted by Josh Zinger
17:23 - Mikey Colella (NMU, 8-1) - Assisted by Andre Ghantous
17:53 - Vincent de Mey (NMU, 9-1) - Assisted by Reilly Funk and Jett Jungels

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