Will Wetterlin '06 opened the scoring for the Oles when he scored an unassisted goal in the first period.
Northland came back to even the score on an unassisted goal of their own right before the close of the first period.
The Oles put the game out of reach with a dominant second period. After falling behind to Northland early in the period, the Oles came back to score three unanswered goals, the first of which came from Ted Bickel 06 on assists from Ronn Guild 06 and Matt Rau 07. The Oles second goal of the period was scored by Keith Townsend 05 with an assist from Mitch Mudra 07. The goal was Townsends third of the season.
Bryan Hapka 05 finished off the scoring in the period with the help of a Mike Cassano 05 assist.
Guild would get the final goal of the game on yet another unassisted play in the third period.
The Oles attacking style of play overwhelmed Northland, as the team outshot their opponents 41 to 25. Neither team, however, was able to capitalize consistently on their power play opportunities. Each team converted only one of six chances when possessing the man advantage.
The Oles will open MIAC play this weekend with a home and away stand against St. Marys Friday and Saturday night. The puck drops for Fridays game at the Northfield Ice Arena at 7:00 p.m.