MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team looked as they might pull out the win Friday night at the Berry Events Center against the University of Alaska. The Wildcats held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play, but the Nanooks scored a goal a little more than five minutes into the third period to tie the game. After a five minute overtime session the game ended in a 2-2 score.
NMU is 5-4-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Nanooks are 5-1-3 and 3-0-2 respectively.
UA jumped on the board first with a goal by Aaron Lee at 12:46 of the first period. The lead did not last long as the ‘Cats tied the game when Darin Olver scored an unassisted goal for his second of the season eight seconds later (12:54). “We had our chances,” Olver said.
Towards the end of the second period Mike Santorelli scored his team-high eighth goal of the season at 19:51. Matt Siddall and Nathan Sigmund assisted. Santorelli currently has a four-game goal streak and has at least one point in nine of the 11 games. The goal streak is a career high.
Nathan Fornataro scored the lone power-play goal on the night to tie the game at two-all at 5:17 of the third period. “I thought it was a good game,” Walt Kyle said. “I’d thought we played the game the way we wanted to play. We did not score enough goals.”
NMU was out shot once again at 23-18. Bill Zaniboni had 21 saves for the ‘Cats in goal. Chad Johnson for the Nanooks turned away 16 shots.
NMU has scored one power-play goal in the past five games. Tonight the ‘Cats were shutout in six opportunities. UA had eight power-play chances.
The two teams will drop the puck for the second game of the CCHA series on Saturday night (Nov. 11) at 7:35 p.m.
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