Illinois hockey finishes off sweep of Northern Michigan

By Alex Paull

The Illinois hockey capped off its series against Northern Michigan with a win on Saturday, blowing the Wildcats out 11-2.

Illinois started off slow for the second straight game, only managing nine shots in the first period and taking a slim 1-0 lead into the second.

The Illini busted it open in the second period, scoring four goals with two coming off the stick of forward JJ Heredia, who would finish with a hat trick and an assist on the night.

In the third, Illinois scored six more times with the goals coming from a variety of players. Forward Pat Saliba had a point and an assist in the third, while forwards Daniel Cohen, Matt Jennings, Mike Ursitti, Nick Stuercke and defenseman Joe Cardona each chipped in a goal.

Illini goalie Ryan Woulfe got his first career start, only giving up two goals.

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Lost in the barrage of scoring was defenseman Brad Hoelzer’s two assists. The points moved Hoelzer to the top of the Illini’s all-time points list for defensemen.

The Illini will play its next game on Friday, Oct. 24th, at home against Western Michigan. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.