FAIRBANKS, Alaska – For the second consecutive night the Northern Michigan University hockey team and the Alaska Nanooks needed a little extra time to settle the game. Down 4-2 entering the third period the Wildcats scored twice in the final frame to force overtime (4-4). After a scoreless overtime period the two teams went into a shootout for the second consecutive night.
The shootout went four rounds before someone made a shot. Erik Gustafsson made his shot in the fifth round before Carlo Finucci made it for Alaska in the round. Then Brandon Knelsen gave the Nanooks the extra point by connecting in the seventh round (2-1).
NMU is now 5-5-4 overall on the season and 4-3-3-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Alaska on the season is now 8-3-3 and 5-3-2-2 respectively.
The Nanooks took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Andy Taranto (13:18) and Jarret Granberg (14:35). Greger Hanson cut the lead in half with his fifth goal of the season at 16:56. Ray Kaunisto assisted. Also in the opening period the Nanooks got a goal from Finucci at 18:02 for a 3-1 score. With one second left in the first period Mark Olver added a power-play goal for a 3-2 game. Assisting on Olver’s 10th goal of the season were Hanson and Gustafsson.
The second period saw Alaska add to its lead on a power-play goal by Dustin Sather for a 4-2 game at 1:33. Jared Brown added a power-play goal of his own at 10:48 of the third period to cut the Alaska lead to 4-3. Hanson and Gustafsson assisted again on Brown’s third goal of the season. About six minutes later (16:33), Tyler Gron tied the game at four-all with his third goal of the season. Gustafsson assisted. Hanson for the fourth consecutive game had a goal and an assist. Gustafsson picked up three points for the game all on assists.
NMU was 2-5 on the power play Saturday night while Alaska was 1-7. Shots were in favor of the home team at 33-24. Brian Stewart began the game in goal and lasted for about 21 minutes and recorded 13 saves and gave up all four goals. Reid Ellingson came in relief and responded with 16 saves in a little over 43 minutes of play.
NMU comes home next week (Dec. 4-5) to host the Michigan State Spartans. The puck will drop each night at 7:35 p.m.
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