SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team struck for two quick goals in the second period and held the lead until the third period. Notre Dame tied the score at two-all in the third period as the game went into overtime. Nothing was decided in the overtime period, but the Fighting Irish picked up the extra point with the shootout win. Each team will get the tie in its overall record with Notre Dame picking up the shootout win in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) standings.
NMU is now 3-5-2 overall on the season and 2-3-1-0 in CCHA play. Notre Dame leaves the weekend with a 5-5-2 and 2-2-2-1 records respectively.
The Wildcats recorded two goals less than a minute apart in the middle frame to take the early advantage. Ray Kaunisto scored his fourth goal of the season at 1:26. Justin Florek and Alan Dorich assisted on the goal. Jared Brown made the score 2-0 with his second goal of the season at 2:08. Dorich picked up his second assist on the night.
The Fighting Irish made the score 2-1 at the 8:42 mark of the second period on a power-play goal by Billy Maday. Notre Dame tied the score with another goal by Maday this time in the third period at 2:36. After a scoreless overtime period in which each team recorded a shot the game went into a shootout.
Mark Olver missed for NMU before Maday made his shot for Notre Dame. Greger Hanson tied the shootout at one with his made shot. Calle Ridderwall for Notre Dame made his shot before Erik Gustafsson’s missed shot. The Fighting Irish took the shootout 2-1.
The ‘Cats came out shooting today as the team ended the game with a 34-27 shot advantage. NMU was shutouts on its six power play opportunities while the Fighting Irish was 1-5 with the extra skater.
Brian Stewart registered 25 saves as he picked up second star of the game honors. Brad Phillips for the Fighting Irish turned away 32 shots.
NMU comes home for its next series. The ‘Cats host Nebraska-Omaha Friday and Saturday (Nov. 20-21) for its lone home series for the month of November. Each night the puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.
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