March 14, 2009
OXFORD, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University hockey team found a way to extend its season by at least one more game Saturday night with a 3-2 overtime win over the Miami RedHawks. The second round Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) playoff series is now deadlocked at 1-1. After trading goals for the first two periods and then playing a scoreless third period the Wildcats needed a little extra time to pull out the win. It was the Swedish imports who saved the day for the ‘Cats. Gregor Hanson scored the game-winner at 5:12 of the overtime period on an assist from Erik Gustafsson. For Hanson it was his 13th goal of the season.
The ‘Cats are above .500 once again at 17-16-5 while Miami falls to 20-11-5. The third and deciding game will be played Sunday night (March 15) at 7:05 p.m. at Steve Cady Arena.
Miami opened up the scoring with a goal by Andy Miele at 10:16 of the first period. A little less than five minutes later (15:10) Jared Brown tied the game with his 12th goal of the campaign. Ray Kaunisto picked up the assist.
NMU took its first lead of the weekend at 4:04 of the second period when Nick Sirota scored a power-play goal for his ninth of the season. Gustafsson and Mark Olver assisted on the goal. The NMU lead would not last long as the RedHawks answered 29 seconds later (4:33) on a wrap around goal by Justin Vaive.
The third period saw the ‘Cats only register three shots on goal while the RedHawks had 13. Miami had 41 shots on goal for the game to 22 for NMU. The ‘Cats scored the lone power-play goal on the night in three chances while Miami was 0-4.
Brian Stewart blocked 39 shots for the ‘Cats while Connor Knapp had 19 for the RedHawks.
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