MADISON, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team likes 2009 so far. NMU swept its first series of the season and picked up its first win on a Saturday night for the 2008-09 season with a 6-5 overtime win against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center. NMU won its first road game of the season last night with the 3-2 win.
With the win NMU improves to 5-12-3 overall on the season while UW falls to 10-9-3.
NMU was down 2-0in the first period when, Wisconsin native, Nick Sirota scored his third goal of the season at 9:17 on the power play to cut the Badgers lead in half (2-1). Assisting on the goal were Gregor Hanson and Erik Gustafsson.
The Badgers added a goal at 4:11 of the second period from John Mitchell for a 3-1 lead. Tim Hartung made the score 3-2 with his second goal of the season at 7:53. Hanson and Gustafsson assisted on the goal. Wisconsin made the count 4-2 after two periods of play when Mitchell scored his second goal of the period at 9:05.
NMU tied the game with three goals in the third period. First the Badgers made the score 5-2 on a goal by Derek Stephan at 2:38. Justin Florek scored the next two goals for the Wildcats at 10:34 from Mark Olver and at 15:17 from Hartung. The score was now 5-4. With 50 seconds left in the game (19:10), Jared Brown tied the game with a power-play goal for his second of the season. Tyler Gron and Ben Lindemulder assisted.
Phil Fox turned out to be the hero when he scored the game-winning goal at 2:01 of the overtime period for his fourth of the season. Brown assisted on the game-winner.
Derek Janzen starting his second game in a row picked up the win with 28 saves. Shots on goal were almost even as the home team had one more than NMU at 33-32. The ‘Cats were 2-7 on the power play while UW was 3-6.
NMU will be back in conference action next week (Jan. 9-10) at Nebraska-Omaha.
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