EAST LANSING, Mich. – In the old day a tie was a tie and each team skated away with a point. This year that has changed in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) with a shootout after the overtime period if the game is tied. Northern Michigan University played in its first CCHA shootout against Michigan State University Friday night. After 65 minutes of play the score was still deadlocked at 2-2. MSU won the shootout 2-1 to take the two points for the win while the Wildcats get the point for the tie. Each team will get a tie in the standings. NMU is now 2-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the CCHA. MSU is now 2-2-1 and 0-0-1.
NMU took the 1-0 lead at 11:51 of the first period on Matt Butcher’s second goal of the season. Ray Kaunisto and Gregor Hanson assisted on the goal. The Spartans tied the game less than a minute later on a goal by Andrew Rowe at 12:16.
After a scoreless second period, Kaunisto scored his second goal of the season at 11:45 of the third period to give NMU the 2-1 lead. His goal was unassisted. The home team tied the game at two-less than four minutes later on Rowe’s second goal of the night at 15:07.
MSU had 11 more shots than the ‘Cats on the night at 37-26. Neither team scored a power-play goal as NMU was 0-4and MSU was 0-3. Brian Stewart went the distance for the ‘Cats between the pipes as he ended the night with 35 saves.
Round two of the weekend set will be tomorrow night (Oct. 25) at 7:05 p.m. at Munn Ice Arena.
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Director of Communications
October 24, 2008