'Cats Snap Skid with Overtime Victory
MARQUETTE, Michigan – The Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats (10-11-4, 8-7-2 CCHA) pulled off a much needed win as senior Jared Brown scored an overtime goal against the Ferris State Bulldogs (11-11-4, 8-9-3-2 CCHA) on Friday, Jan. 21. The 2-1 win snapped a four-game winless streak and was the first win for the hockey ‘Cats in 2011. NMU will face Ferris State again on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.
The two teams skated 56:14 minutes before either team was able to gain a great enough advantage to score a goal. That goal came from Bulldog Mike Fillinger ( Grand Ledge, Mich.) with assists from Jordie Johnston and Scott Czarnowczan. Wildcat forward Justin Florek (Marquette, Mich.) responded to tie the game at 18:03 after being set-up b teammates Erik Spady and Greger Hanson. In overtime Jared Brown (Gardner, Kansas) scored the game-winning goal at 1:57, assisted by Mike Maltese and Tyler Gron.
The Bulldogs outshot the Wildcats, 32-24, after the ‘Cats outshot the Bulldogs, 10-9, in the first period. Pay Nagle (Bloomfield, Mich.) went the distance in net for the Bulldogs stopping 22 of 24 shots on goal in 61:57 played. Reid Ellingson got the start and the win for the ‘Cats as he had 31 saves on 32 shots.
The two teams were only whistled for three penalties and both teams went scoreless on the power play. The ‘Cats were 0-2 with the Bulldogs going 0-1.
Fans are reminded that following the NMU/Ferris State hockey game on Saturday, Jan. 22, there will be a Blue Line Club Fourth Period Party at Vangos. The event is open to the public.