HOUGHTON, Mich. – For the second time in less than a week the Northern Michigan University hockey team was facing the Michigan Tech Huskies. Friday night (Oct. 8) the Huskies handed the Wildcats a 4-3 setback in overtime in Superior Cup Showcase action at the Berry Events Center. For the second time this season the ‘Cats and Huskies needed a little extra time to settle the game. After 65 minutes of play, Tuesday night (Oct.12) at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena, the game ended in a deadlock at 4-4. The two teams will meet again Dec. 17 at the Berry Events Center.
NMU is now 0-2-1 on the season while MTU is 2-0-1. MTU scored all of its goals on the power play. For the night the Huskies were 4-7 while the ‘Cats were 1-5 with the extra skater.
The Huskies took advantage of a five minute major penalty called on the ‘Cats when Kory Kaunisto was whistled for contact to the head and was also given a game misconduct at 8:12 of the first period. MTU scored the first goal of the game at 9:43 when Bennett Royer knocked home the puck. On the same power play the Huskies added another goal at 12:40 by Ryan Furne for the 2-0 score. Chad Pietila cut the MTU lead in half (2-1) at 16:42 with his first goal of the season. Assisting were Stephan Vigier and Scott Macaulay.
Brian Nugent tied the sore at two-all with his first goal of the season at 2:29 of the second period. Jared Brown and Tyler Gron assisted on the goal. About six minutes later (8:43), Justin Florek gave the ‘Cats the 3-2 lead with a power-play goal for his second of the season. Gron with his second assist of the evening and Greger Hanson helped on the goal. Hanson has picked up at least one assist in the first three games of the season. Gron turned around and gave NMU the 4-2 lead at 18:49 with his first goal of the season. Kyle Follmer and Erik Spady assisted on the goal. Gron ended the night with three points.
The home team added two goals in the final frame to even the score in regulation. Royer made the count 4-3 with his second of the game at 5:17. Milos Gordic scored at 9:25 to make it four-all. Both sides had chances in the extra five minute period. The Huskies had three shots in the overtime period while the ‘Cats had one. For the game MTU ended with 53 shots while NMU had 26.
Reid Ellingson started the game in goal, but because of a mistake on the staring line-up sheet, was pulled after almost four minutes. He did not record a save. Jared Coreau played the remainder of the game and had 49 saves. Josh Robinson from the home team registered 22 saves.
After playing three game in a span of five days the ‘Cats are off until opening Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play at Miami (Oct. 22-23).
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