MADISON, Wis. – The start of a New Year might work for the Northern Michigan University hockey team. Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. the Wildcats snapped its seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) with a 3-2 win over the home Wisconsin Badgers. For NMU it was its first win on the road for the 2008-09 season and its first win in Madison since 1997. Entering the game on Friday the ‘Cats were 0-4-3 away from Marquette for the 2008-09 season.
With the win NMU improves to 4-12-3 overall on the season while UW falls to 10-8-3.
The Badgers took the 1-0 lead on a goal by Tom Gorwosky at 16:27 of the first period. NMU answered with a goal 38 seconds into the second period by Gregor Hanson, on the power play, for his sixth of the season. Mark Olver and Erik Gustafsson assisted on the goal. Olver then gave the ‘Cats a 2-1 lead with his fifth goal of the season at 1:13 of the period. Mike Maltese picked up the lone assist.
UW would tie the game at two-all with a short-handed goal by Derek Stepan at 13:41 of the second period. The goal was the first shortie the ‘Cats have given up this season. Olver scored the game-winning goal with his sixth goal of the season at 1:43 of the third period. For Olver it was his third game this season he had scored two goals in a game and the seventh of his career. Justin Florek and Maltese assisted (second assist of the night). Olver had a part in every goal scored by the ‘Cats on the night.
Derek Janzen in his first start of the season went the distance for the ‘Cats as he had 33 saves on the night to pick up the win. Shane Connelly for the Badgers turned away 16 shots. UW had an advantage on the shots at 35-19. NMU was 1-5 on the power play while UW was 0-4.
NMU will skate the second game of the weekend set tomorrow night (Jan. 3) at the Kohl Center. The puck will drop at 8:05 p.m.
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