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No. 2 DIII hockey improves to 27-4 with Northwood win

Three more to 20 straight wins.

The No. 2 Central Michigan University men’s Division III hockey secured a 5-2 win Friday night against Northwood University at the Midland Civic Arena.

The Chippewas (27-4, 15-4 in the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference) have now won 17 straight games. 

Compared to other games this season, senior goalie Riley Morgan said this game was low-scoring.

“We came here with the intention that it was going to be a game we were going to win after looking at their record,” he said. “We ranked pretty high, so they came out ready to play and we weren’t ready for that.”

Morgan said he realizes his job going forward is to be the “backbone” and keep the team together if it gets out of hand.

“That’s my job and I feel like I did my job today,” he said.

Northwood had 27 shots against Morgan, and Morgan only allowed two goals. The first came from Northwood senior forward Codey Mazeau with about 10 minutes into the opening period and the second from senior forward Jon Paauwe with 1:46 left on the clock.

The Chippewas spread out the scoring with two in the first, two goals in the second and one goal in the third.

Freshman forward Joey Simoncelli scored after roughly six minutes had passed and Brennan Martin would follow that up with a coast to coast rip from a couple feet away, something he’s done several times this season.

CMU sophomore forward Lawrence Rowe obtained his seventh goal of the season when he fired away and scored with a little over five and a half minutes into the second period to put CMU up 3-1 over Northwood. 

Martin got his second goal of the night and 11th of the season with three minutes remaining in the period.

CMU would close out the second with another goal from graduate forward Nathan Allgaier with 1:46 left in the game. He acquired his first of the night and 29th of the season.

Despite the win, CMU will have to battle with themselves to see if they hope to make a run at the national championships this year said head coach James Cadzow.

“I find solace when we control games, but there are times where we go through struggles of producing (offense),” Cadzow said. “It’s frustrating when we can score and have plenty of opportunities to score, but we don’t capitalize.”