The Chippewas needed a fast start in game two of the home-and-home series with the University of Michigan-Flint, and they got it. Less than two minutes into the first period, #61 Nick Wink was able to score his second goal of the series and his eighth of the season to put CMU up 1-0. After taking an early lead, the Chippewas did not stop applying the pressure as they dominated time of possession in the offensive zone. As the Chippewas continued to apply pressure and put shots on net, more and more scoring opportunities developed. About seven minutes into the first period, #91 Joey Simoncelli was able to capitalize on one of those golden opportunities and put the puck behind U of M-Flint goaltender Adam Bryant for his third goal of the season and increase the Chippewas lead to 2-0. Coach Cadzow wanted a fast start from his team and he got what he asked for as his team dominated every aspect of the game.
After a few minutes of playing with a two-goal lead, the bad guys took a penalty to put the Chippewas on their first power play of the game, and they did not disappoint. Forty seconds into the power play, #13 Justice Bigelow, a defenseman, was able to put one by Bryant to score his fifth goal of the season and the third of the game for the Chippewas. Up by three with still some time left to play in the opening period, #23 Nathan Allgaier decided that he didn’t like being up by just three goals, so he decided to get in on the scoring and put the Chippewas up 4-0 with his 16th goal of the year. The Chippewas would see their second power play of the game just moments later, but failed to convert as the period came to a close with the Chips up by four.
Down by a whopping four goals at the start of the second period, U of M-Flint had to come out strong if they wanted to try and get back in this game. A little over two minutes into the middle period, #13 Brandyn Matte of the Victors was able to put one by CMU goaltender Trevor Whitehead to get his team back in the game and cut the lead to 4-1. The Chips didn’t take that goal lightly as #11 Ryan Tyrer gets lucky number 13 on the year to put his team up by four once again just moments later. The second period wasn’t as dominant for the Chips as they hoped it would, as the Victors played much tougher and looked like a totally different team than what they showed in the first period. The improved play paid off for a second time in the middle period as #14 Connor Philips put one behind Whitehead for his third of the year and it a three-goal game once again as his team still trailed 5-2. Realizing their lead was slipping away from them, the Chippewas fired back by taking control of the game once again. They started to dominate in the offensive zone as they did on the first period and just when it looked like they had scored again, Wink’s second goal of the game was waved off due to a blown whistle. While a taken away goal is usually a momentum killer, CMU didn’t act like it as just moments later #22 Jason Pischke scored his fourth goal of the season to increase the Chippewa lead to 6-2. For the second time this game, the Chippewas would take a four-goal lead into the intermission as the two teams prepared for the final twenty minutes of battle.
The final period began with Central Michigan looking to close out the Victors and complete the sweep. The two teams had multiple back-and-forth battles before U of M-Flint slipped up and drew a penalty, giving the Chippewas another chance on the power play. CMU wouldn’t waste any time on the man advantage as #6 James Gleason scored his 14th of the year to essentially seal the deal and put his team up 7-2 with lots of time still remaining in the final period. The Victors looked lifeless after giving up their seventh goal of the game; they began playing sloppy and just got away from their game. The Chippewas saw this decline and took advantage of it as #61 Nick Wink scored his second of the game and third of the series to increase the lead to 8-2. Moments after securing a six-goal lead, #23 Nathan Allgaier added insult to injury by scoring his second of the game and putting the Chippewas up by a whopping score of 9-2. Most teams would be okay with and settle for a seven-goal lead, but not the number three ranked Chippewas as they would score their 10th goal of the game on the power play courtesy of # 11 Ryan Tyrer, his second of the game. That would be it for the scoring for the rest of the game as CMU would earn their seventh straight victory by a final score of 10-2.
The Chippewas next series is a home-and-home against Saginaw Valley State University on December 1 and 2.
Written by Joey Huot