MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team just might be one of the hottest teams in college hockey. Tonight at the Berry Events Center the Wildcats came back twice against the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks to win by a score of 4-3 in overtime. NMU is now 5-1-2 in the past eight games. Billy Smith turned out to be the hero.
With the win the ‘Cats are now 15-16-3 overall and 12-12-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Mavericks fall to 14-16-4 and 11-13-4 respectively.
UNO got on the board first with a goal by Bill Bagron at 2:48 of the first period. Jared Brown tied the score at one-all at 5:19 of the period for his sixth goal of the season. Gregor Hanson assisted.
UNO knocked home two goals in the second period to take the 3-1 lead. Joey Martin scored at 8:22 while teammate Mick Lawrence scored a power-play goal at 11:14. Matt Siddall scored his 11th goal of the season at 12:56 to cut the UNO lead to 3-2. Andrew Sarauer and Blake Cosgrove assisted.
Siddall then scored his second goal of the night on the power play for his 12th of the season to tie the game at three-all at 12:34 of the third period. Nick Sirota and Brown assisted. Regulation would end that way on to a five minute overtime session.
In the overtime session, Smith scored the game-winner at 3:40 for his second goal of the season. It was his first goal since Dec. 29, 2007. Phil Fox and Mark Olver assisted.
NMU was 1-5 on the power play while UNO was 1-4. UNO had the shot advantage at 39-26. Brian Stewart had 36 saves in the win. Jerad Kaufmann turned away 22 shots on the night.
The ‘Cats go home-and-home with the Lake Superior State Lakers next week to close out the regular season. Thursday (Feb. 28) the two teams will tangle in Sault Ste. Marie. Saturday (March 1) the action moves to the Berry Events Center in Marquette.
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