MARQUETTE, Mich. – For the third time this season the Northern Michigan University Wildcats and the Nanooks of the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) ended the game with a shootout. The two teams earlier in the season in Fairbanks, Alaska had shootouts in both games as the Nanooks claimed each one. Tonight after playing to a 2-2 draw after 65 minutes of play the game was decided by a shootout.
Mark Olver and Greger Hanson scored for the ‘Cats in the shootout to pick up the extra point with a 2-0 shootout win. NMU is now 10-10-7 overall and 6-8-5-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Nanooks are now 10-8-7 and 7-8-6-4 respectively.
The Wildcats opened up the scoring on a goal by Andrew Cherniwchan at 7:57 of the opening period for his seventh of the season. Assisting on the power-play goal were Olver and Erik Gustafsson. The second period saw each side trade goals. NMU made the score 2-0 at 11:47 on TJ Miller’s fourth goal of the season. Jared Brown and Hanson assisted on the goal. Less than a minute later the Nanooks got on the board with a power-play goal by Dustin Sather at 12:34. Aaron Gens tied the game in regulation with his goal at 8:12 of the third period.
After a scoreless overtime period in which UAF had three shots on goal while the ‘Cats had none we would go to the shootout. The Nanooks ended the game with 26 shots while NMU had 19. Each side recorded a power-play goal as the ‘Cats were 1-4 with the extra skater while UAF was 1-10.
Brian Stewart registered 24 saves on the night while his counterpart, Scott Greenham, had 17. Stewart had six in the first period, seven in the second, eight in the third and three in overtime.
The two teams will skate again tomorrow night (Saturday, Jan. 30) in the back-end of the two-game CCHA set. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.
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