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HOUGHTON, Mich. â€Ã‚“ What a difference a venue and a daymakes.  Flash back to Friday night at theBerry Events Center, when the â€Ã‚˜Cats pulled CraigKowalski and scored a goal with the extra attacker and then won the game inovertime.  Saturday night in Houghton theHuskies of Michigan Tech stagedtheir own version of a miracle on ice. With the â€Ã‚˜Cats up 6-3 the Huskies scored three goals within a two minutespan to tie the game and send it to OT. Colin Murphy scored the game-winning goal at 2:58 of the overtime period to give the Huskies the 7-6win.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats dropped their first gameof the season and are now 3-1.  MTU isnow 1-1 on the season.

With the score 1-0 in favor of the home team, Darin Olverscored his third goal of the season to tie the game.  Nathan Oystrick and Kevin Gardner assisted onthe goal.  The second period saw theHuskies take the 3-2 lead.  The â€Ã‚˜Catsonly scoring in the period came when Jamie Milam knocked home his first goal ofthe season on the power play at 14:21.  Olverand Pat Bateman assisted.

The third period is when the game got a littleinteresting.  NMU would score fourun-answered goals to take a 6-3 lead. Rob Lehtinen scored his first goal of his NMU career at 00:43 into the period.  Dave Bonk assisted on the goal.  Milam scored his second goal of the night at 3:41. Olver and Oystrick teamed up to get the assist.  At 12:51Andrew Contois added another goal for the â€Ã‚˜Cats to make it 5-3 at 12:51. Olver picked up his third assist on the night.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats fourth and final goal of the periodcame off the stick of Kevin Gardner at 15:22on the power play.   Ã‚ Matt Hunter and Zach Tarkir both picked uptheir first point of the season on the assist. For Tarkir it was his first point as a Wildcat.

The rest of the period was the interesting part.  First off, Nick Anderson scores on the powerplay for the Huskies at 17:55 to cutthe margin to 6-4.  At 18:34 Colin Murphy scored his second goal ofthe night to make it 6-5, still in favor of the â€Ã‚˜Cats.  Murphy would score his third goal of the gameat 19:32, as the Huskies pulledtheir goaltender Cam Ellsworth, to tie the game at six-all.

 Murphy scored thegame-winner to give the Huskies the come from behind win.  For the night Murphy had a grand total offive points (4-1-5).

Kowlaski had 43 saves on the night for the â€Ã‚˜Cats.  Ellsworth ended the night with 25 stops.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats were two of six on the power playwhile the Huskies were one of eight on the night.

NMU jumps back into CCHA play next week when they take theirfirst conference road trip of the season to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the University of Michigan on Friday night (Oct.24) and Sunday afternoon (Oct. 26).