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DIII hockey takes first round playoff win versus Northwood


The Central Michigan Division III men's hockey team battles for puck with University of Michigan-Flint Friday night at the Isabella County Ice Arena in Mount Pleasant. 

A bounce-back victory came for the No. 2 Central Michigan University men’s Division III hockey team in a 12-1 over No. 7 Northwood University Friday night at Midland Civic Arena.

CMU grabbed its 19th win of the season by more than five points. It was the first round of the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament.

CMU is now 31-6 (18-6 in MCHC), and Northwood ends their season with an overall record 9-13 (7-12 in MCHC).

Northwood got on board first when defenseman Mitchell Dundore scored his 8th goal of the season.

Three different Chippewas mounted the counter attack to finish the first period with a two-goal lead over the Timberwolves. 

Senior forward Ryan Tyrer struck first as he snagged his first of three on the night with 6:51 to go, followed by freshman forward Joey Simoncelli with his ninth of the season, 4:17 left, and junior forward Jackson Jennette finished off the strike with his second of the season.

CMU doubled their first period output and bumped their lead to 9-1 over Northwood.

Six different Chippewas led the onslaught of offense, as each goal coming within a window from the 16:28 mark to the 8:15 mark.

It’s a win for CMU that came after it suffered a two-game sweep to the University of Michigan last weekend.

“(Last night) was fantastic, not just goals but overall play itself,” said head coach James Cadzow. “Our attention to detail was there throughout each periods. Our disappointing performance against Michigan last weekend was shed tonight.”

Play continues as the Chippewas advance to the second round of the tournament.

CMU will play the Wolverines at 5:20 p.m. Saturday night at Midland Civic Arena as Michigan defeated Saginaw Valley State University, 7-1 Friday.

Michigan handed CMU its first loss on Feb. 9. The Chippewas hadn’t lost in over three months leading up to it.