SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Northern Michigan finished the season with a 4-0 record against Lake Superior State, as the Wildcats dropped the Lakers 5-1 at the Taffy Abel Arena Saturday night.
Chris Gobert and Dan Donnette were keys in the Wildcats’ win, tallying two goals and three assists, respectively.
Lake Superior took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Will Magnuson just 50 seconds into the game, but it was all Northern Michigan after that.
Gobert put the Wildcats on the board with a power-play goal at 15:07 in the first period, and 30 seconds later Alan Swanson gave NMU a 2-1 lead when he scored off a pass from Justin Kinnunen.
Kinnunen put the Wildcats up by two when he knocked one past Laker netminder Matt Violin 11:57 into the second period.
The scoring stopped until 2:05 into the third when Gobert capitalized on a pass from Jesse Baraniuk for his second of the night and 14th of the season.
Junior Scott Murray replaced Violin in the LSSU with 9:13 remaining in the game and stopped nine shots.
With 5:04 remaining to play, the Wildcats got a second goal from Swanson to take the 5-1 win.
By the end of the contest, NMU had outshot the Lakers 45-16. After winning a 3-2 contest in Marquette Friday night and sweeping the home-and-home series against the Lakers in November, the Wildcats walked away with the regular-season sweep of LSSU.
The Wildcats also retained possession of the Cappo Cup, which is awarded annually to the winner of the regular-season series between the two teams.
Violin stopped 33 shots for LSSU, who said farewell to seniors Magnuson, Tyson Turgeon, Chris Thompson, and captain Chris McNamara following the game.
NMU improved to 23-11-2 overall and 16-10-2 in the CCHA. The Lakers fell to 7-25-2 and 4-22-2.
LSSU will face regular-season champion Michigan next weekend in the first round of the CCHA playoffs. The Wolverines clinched first place with a 6-2 victory over Western Michigan Saturday.