SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – For the second night in a row the Northern Michigan University and the Lake Superior State University hockey game was settled in a shootout. The Wildcats looked as if they might win its first game of the season on a Saturday night as they held a 2-1 lead deep into the third period. It was not to be as the Lakers tied it up (2-2) to send it to over time. No one scored in the extra five minute period, so the shootout. Last night NMU took the shootout 2-1 tonight it was 2-0 as Mark Olver and Erik Gustafsson made the shots. Both games count as ties in NMU’s record, but they get the two points in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) standings. The ‘Cats are now 2-1 in CCHA shootouts.
NMU is now 3-10-3 overall on the season and 2-9-3-2 in the CCHA. The Lakers now are 4-6-6 and 3-4-5-1 respectively.
LSSU took the 1-0 lead on a Pat Aubry goal at 2:35 of the first period. Olver then added two power-play goals to give the ‘Cats the 2-1 lead. His first goal was scored at 9:36 of the first period for his third of the season. Nick Sirota and Phil Fox assisted. Olver’s second goal, fourth of the season, was at 7:10 of the second period. Sirota and Fox also assisted on that goal. Troy Schwab tied the game with his sixth goal of the season at 15:57 of the third period.
For Olver it is the second time this season and sixth time in his NMU career he has scored two goals in a game. All four of his goals this season have been on the power play.
NMU had four power play opportunities on the night. The NMU penalty kill unit shut the Lakers seven power play chances down for the game. LSSU had six more shots (29-23) than the ‘Cats on the night.
Devan Hartigan turned away 27 shots to run his record to 1-3-2 on the season. Brian Mahoney-Wilson for the Lakers had 21 saves.
NMU will face the USNTDP next Saturday (Dec. 13) in an exhibition game at the Berry Events Center. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.
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