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Monday July 22, 2024
Northern Drops Saturday Game; Settles For Split

These stories were written by NMU Sports Information. (NMU Photos)


The NMU hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to Bemidji State on Saturday, resulting in a series split. 

Each team scored in the first as Joey Larson got the tally for NMU, while the game remained 1-1 going to the third. The Beavers scored three in the third to skate away with the 4-1 win. 

NMU is now 8-6 on the season and 4-2 in the CCHA. 

The Beavers took the first trip to the box of the night, a roughing call with 16:39 to go. Despite a couple of rips on net from Joey Larson and AJ Vanderbeck, the Beavers killed it off. 

The Wildcats then hit the box with Connor Eddy getting whistled for an elbowing call. In the final seconds of the man advantage, Bemidji State got their first goal of the weekend from Will Magnuson. 

Joey Larson got the answer for the Wildcats with 7:03 to go, gathering a loose puck and taking to the backhand to light the lamp. Papp and Shlaine got the apples. 

With 30 seconds left, Vanderbeck got tagged with a hooking call. NMU fought off the front-end of the penalty to end the period. 

NMU led in shots on goal 7-6 through the first.

The 'Cats started the second killing of 75% of a minor penalty that carried over from the first period. 

After some consistent time with no whistle, NMU went to the box for a slash with 13:23 to go, taking to PK for the third time of the night. Northern again fought it off. 

The Wildcats possessed the puck for much of the remainder of the period. Despite several looks in the offensive zone, the game remained 1-1 after 40 minutes. 

NMU led in shots 16-11 through the 2nd. 

Just 30 seconds into the period, the Beavers grabbed the lead on a shot from Will Zmolek that deflected off the iron and into the net. 

NMU got the chance to get the goal back at the 12:29 mark, as BSU went off for their second penalty of the night, this time in a tripping variety. Several good looks fell just short and Bemidji returned to full strength as the clock neared halfway through the period. 

The Beavers stretched that lead to 3-1 with 7:14 to go on a goal from Alexander Lundman. A few minutes later, Jere Vaisanen made it 4-1. 
  • Freshman Joey Larson scored the Wildcats lone goal and his fourth of the season, giving him two points on the weekend.
  • Artem Shlaine (6) and Kristoff Papp (4) both registered assists, giving them three points each on the weekend. 
  • Alex Frye was 13/18 on faceoffs and Artem Shlaine was 12/14.

Goal Summary
1st Period
8:23 - Will Magnuson (BSU PP, 0-1) - Assisted by Kyle Looft
12:57 - Joey Larson (NMU, 1-1) - Assisted by Kristof Papp and Artem Shlaine 

3rd Period
0:30 - Will Zmolek (BSU, 1-2) - Assisted by Jackson Jutting and Lleyton Roed
12:46 - Alexander Lundman (BSU, 1-3) - Assisted by Mitchell Martan
16:06 - Jere Vaisanen - (BSU, 1-4) - Assisted by Will Zmolek and Alexander Lundman


The Northern Michigan University Hockey team takes game one against Bemidji State backed by Beni Halasz' first career shutout and multi-point nights from Artem Shlaine and Kristof Papp

After an uneventful first nine minutes of the game, NMU was whistled for the first infraction of the night as Artem Shlaine was sent to the box. The penalty kill unit pulled through, getting back to even ice unscathed.

Soon after the 'Cats killed it off, each side got tagged with roughing after the whistle, opening up the ice to 4-on-4 for two minutes.

Bemidji led in shots on goal 7-5 in a scoreless first period.

Tanner Vescio was tagged for hooking just 16 seconds into the period and NMU again found themselves a man down. NMU answered the call to return to 5-on-5.

NMU found themselves on the man advantage with 8:41 to go in the second frame but failed to connect.

The Wildcats outshot the Beavers 16-5 in the second frame.

A man down to open the period, NMU fended off another call to keep the game scoreless.

With 14:42 to go, Brett Willits got called for a cross-check as NMU went off for their fifth penalty on the night. The Wildcats again stood tall a man down and successfully killed the penalty.

It took until the 18:14 mark of the third period before Artem Shlaine beat Mattias Sholl for his 7th of the year to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead. Joey Larson (7) and Kristof Papp (3) tallied assists.

With the net empty, Kristof Papp (5) fired the puck into a yawning cage to seal the deal for the 'Cats. Artem Shlaine (5) and Andre Ghantous (10) registered helpers.
  • Beni Halasz records his first career collegiate shutout making 25 saves
  • Artem Shlaine (1G, 1A) and Kristoff Papp (1G, 1A) both register multi-point nights
  • The Wildcats outshot the Beavers 35 to 25
Goal Summary
3rd Period

18:14 - Artem Shlaine (NMU, 1-0) - Assisted by Joey Larson and Kristof Papp
19:37 - Kristof Papp (NMU, 2-0) - Assisted by Artem Shlaine and Andre Ghantous

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