GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University Wildcats had a 2-0 lead on the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday night at the Resch Center, but special teams let UW back in the game with two power-play goals and a short-handed marker. The two teams skated to a 3-3 game in overtime. NMU is now 0-1-1 on the season while UW is 1-0-1.
The two teams were even after the first 20 minutes of play. Zach Tarkir gave the ‘Cats the first lead of the weekend with his first goal of the season at 2:54 of the second period. Matt Butcher picked up his first point as a ‘Cat with the assist. Wisconsin native Nick Sirota also assisted on the goal. Mike Santorelli gave the ‘Cats the 2-0 cushion with his first marker of the season at 8:50 of the middle frame. Pat Bateman and Blake Cosgrove assisted on the goal.
Also in the second period the Badgers cut the lead to 2-1 when Jake Dowell scored a power-play goal at 13:18. Dusty Collins made the score 3-1 with his first goal of the season at 6:50 of the third period. Nathan Sigmund assisted on the goal.
Dowell scored his second power-play goal of the night at 17:13 which cut the NMU lead to 3-2. Davis Drewiske scored a short-handed goal with 1:15 left in regulation to even up the score at three-all.
A five minute overtime period did not produce a winner. UW had three shots in the extra frame while NMU had one. For the game UW had 32 shots while NMU had 14. The ‘Cats went 0-for-the-weekend on the power play. Tonight the ‘Cats were 0-4 with the extra attacker (last night 0-7). UW was 2-8 tonight with the extra attacker.
Bill Zaniboni was between the pipes for the ‘Cats as he had 29 saves. Shane Connelly for UW had 11 saves.
Next week the ‘Cats will stay within the WCHA with a home-and-home series against the Michigan Tech Huskies. Friday night the action will be in Houghton (Oct. 13) before moving to Marquette on Saturday (Oct. 14).
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