COLUMBUS, Ohio – For over 20 years the Northern Michigan University hockey team could not buy a win in Columbus, Ohio. NMU has now won back-to-back games for the first time in the history of the program in Columbus, Ohio. The Wildcats took the game last night 3-2 in overtime and added a 3-2 win tonight to take the series 2-1. Two of NMU’s three goals on the night were the short-handed variety. Entering the game, Mike Santorelli had all of NMU’s four short-handed goals on the season.
The ‘Cats will face Michigan in the next round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Playoffs. NMU is currently 15-22-2 on the season while OSU ends its season at 15-17-5.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a power-play goal by Tyson Strachan at 13:48 of the first period. NMU answered with two unanswered goals. Zach Tarkir tied the game with a short-handed marker, for his seventh of the season, at 6:15 of the second period. Nick Sirota and Rob Lehtinen assisted. Sirota them made the score 2-1 with his ninth of the season at 14:18 of the second period. Tim Hartung assisted.
Darin Olver made the count 3-1 with the second short-handed goal of the night, which was unassisted, for the ‘Cats at 9:59 of the third period. The goal was Olver’s 14th of the season. Strachan added his second goal of the night when the Buckeyes pulled their goaltender at 19:47 of the final frame.
OSU was held to under 40 shots for the first time in the three games. The Buckeyes ended the game with 36 shots while NMU had 24. Each side had four power-play opportunities as OSU converted one for a goal and the ‘Cats were shutout.
Brian Stewart starting his second game in the post-season responded with 34 saves in the win. Joseph Palmer for OSU had 21 saves.
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