February 1, 2008
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team came back twice against the University of Michigan to skate to a 3-3 overtime tie Friday night at Yost Ice Arena. UM had leads of 2-1 and 3-2 during the game. Nick Sirota who had not had a point since the middle of December picked up two assists tonight. He stills leads the Wildcats with 24 points (12-12-24).
The tie brings the ‘Cats record to 10-15-2 overall and 7-11-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). UM is 22-3-2 and 15-2-2 respectively.
NMU struck first with a goal by Gregor Hanson at 10:18 of the first period for his fifth of the season. Jared Brown and Sirota assisted. The Wolverines tied the game in the second period on a goal by Travis Turnbull at 9:22. UM took its first lead of the game (2-1) at 16:09 of the middle frame on a goal by Max Pacioretty.
Matt Butcher, with his fifth of the season, tied the score (2-2) almost two minutes later (17:53) with a short-handed goal. It was the ‘Cats seventh short-handed goal of the season. The goal was unassisted. UM took the lead once again at 3-2 on a power-play goal by Kevin Porter at 7:44 of the third period. Mark Olver tied the game about four minutes later (11:40) with a power-play goal of his own for his ninth of the season. Matt Siddall and Sirota assisted.
At times it seemed Brian Stewart was playing on his head in front of the net. He responded with 41 saves for a season high. Billy Sauer for the Wolverines had 21 saves. UM had a huge shot advantage at 44-24. Each side recorded a power-play goal. The ‘Cats had six opportunities while the Wolverines had the extra skater eight times.
Saturday night (Feb. 2) will be the second game of the weekend series. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena.
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