SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University and Lake Superior State University hockey game in the Soo Friday night was as close as you could get it. Shots were almost the same with NMU having one more 31-30, each team was 0-4 on the power play, each team was called for four penalties and the teams skated to a 1-1 tie. But the difference was the Wildcats won the shootout 2-1 to pick up the two points.
The Wildcats are now 3-10-2 overall on the year and 2-9-2-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Lakers on the season are now 4-6-5 and 3-4-4-1 respectively.
Gregor Hanson gave the ‘Cats the 1-0 lead at 8:54 of the first period for his fifth goal of the season. Derek May and Mark Olver assisted. The lead would hold up until 10:11 of the third period when Zac MacVoy tallied his seventh goal of the season for the Lakers. Simon Gysbers assisted on the goal.
LSSU outshot NMU in the third period by a count of 11-6. Shots were even in the overtime period as each side had three. Devan Hartigan went the distance for the ‘Cats between the pipes as he recorded 29 saves.
In the shootout for NMU, Olver missed then Hanson and Erik Gustafsson made their shots to pick up the shootout victory. For NMU it was its second shootout of the season as they lost its first shootout to Michigan State on Oct. 24 (2-1).
The two teams will square off for the second game of the weekend series Saturday night at Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m.
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