BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – It looked as if the Northern Michigan University hockey team would gain the three points for the win Friday night at Ferris State University. The Wildcats scored what appeared to be a goal late in the game to take a 4-3 lead, but the goal was called off. Instead the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie after a scoreless overtime period. NMU did pick up the extra point with the shootout win. Erik Gustafsson was the lone skater to make a shootout goal for either side for the 1-0 shootout win.
NMU now has eight ties on the season which is a new team record for ties in a season. The Wildcats improve to 3-3 in shootouts for the 2009-10 season. All three shootout wins have come during the 2010 calendar year. NMU is now 11-10-8 overall on the season and 7-8-6-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Ferris State now stands at 17-8-4 and 11-6-4-3 respectively.
The Bulldogs opened up the scoring with a goal at 14:14 of the first period by Matthew Kirzinger. A little more than five minutes later, Mike Maltese tied the game with his first goal of the season at 19:18. Phil Fox and Jared Brown assisted on the goal.
Nate Hennig gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead at 6:35 of the second period. NMU would turn on the red light twice in the third period to take a brief lead. Ray Kaunisto scored a power-play goal at 3:20 of the final frame for a 2-2 game. Erik Gustafsson and Justin Florek assisted on the goal. Mark Olver gave NMU a 3-2 lead with a shorthanded marker at 12:17. TJ Miller picked up the lone assist on the goal. Olver has recorded two of NMU’s three shorthanded goal on the season as Brown has the other one. Ferris State tied the game in regulation on a goal by Casey Haines at 16:06.
Brian Stewart turned away 43 of the Bulldogs shots on the night. Taylor Nelson had 30 saves for the game. Ferris State had the advantage on shots with a 46-33 ledger. On the power play, NMU was 1-6 while Ferris State was blanked with the extra skater (0-6).
The two teams will hit the ice tomorrow night with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m. for the second game of the weekend tilt in Big Rapids. The game will be shown on FS Plus and FoxSportsDetroit.com.
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