FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Northern Michigan University Wildcat hockey junior forward Tyler Gron scored an even strength goal, with 3:49 remaining in the third period, to tie the Alaska Nanooks at one goal apiece and send the game into overtime. Gron’s goal was his fifth of the season and was assisted on by Kyle Follmer. The Wildcats and Nanooks both went scoreless in the extra period to earn ties on the night with the Nanooks going on to win the shootout 2-1. The Wildcats are now 4-6-2 and 4-4-1-0 in the CCHA while the Nanooks improve to 7-4-2, 4-3-2-2 in the CCHA.
Reid Ellingson went the distance for the ‘Cats in goal and ended the night with 34 saves and one goal against. The Nanooks goal was scored by Joe Sova and it came on the power play midway through the first period on a roughing penalty by Wildcat Wade Epp. Scott Greenham was in goal for the Nanooks and he faced 22 Wildcat shots.
The Wildcats and Nanooks extend their history of tying games after last season tying three of their four regular season games against each other.
With Gron’s goal he continues to lead the Wildcat offense with six goals and six assists for 12 points. Greger Hanson shares the team lead for assists as he has six on the season. He also has two goals to take his total to eight points through 12 games played.
The ‘Cats and Nanooks will face-off in the second game of their two-game series on Saturday, November 20, at 11:35 p.m. (Eastern).