KALAMAZOO, Mich. – What a difference a night makes. Friday night against the Western Michigan University Broncos the Northern Michigan University hockey team scored a season-high seven goals in the win (7-2). Tonight the Wildcats came from behind to tie the game, before ending up on the short end of the 3-2 score in overtime. The loss was NMU’s first overtime loss this season after tying twice.
With the setback the ‘Cats are now 7-6-2 overall on the season and 4-3-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). WMU improves to 5-5-1 and 4-5-1 respectively.
The Broncos held a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Jeff Pierce and Mark Letestu. Pierce scored his power-play goal at 19:11 of the first period while Letestu turned the light on at 11:44 of the second period.
Mike Santorelli entered the evening tied for the CCHA lead in goals with 11. He scored his 12th goal of the season to cut WMU’s lead to 2-1 at 5:11 of the third period. His goal was a short-handed marker as he now has all three of NMU’s short-handed goals on the season. Zach Tarkir assisted. The ‘Cats would tie the game with another special teams score. Nathan Sigmund scored a power-play goal at 13:05 of the period for his first goal of the season. TJ Miller and Matt Siddall assisted.
Each team had two shots in the overtime period. One of WMU’s counted for the win as Kevin Labatte scored the game-winner at 3:05.
NMU turned in a season-high 32 shots for the night. WMU had 29 shots for the game. Bill Zaniboni suffered the loss as he had 26 saves. Riley Gill had 30 saves in the win. NMU had four power-play opportunities while WMU had seven.
The ‘Cats will have the Thanksgiving weekend off before going home-and-home against Lake Superior State the first weekend in December. Friday night (Dec. 1) the action will be in Sault Ste. Marie before moving over to the Berry Events Center on Saturday night (Dec. 2).
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