Shine Leads Northern Michigan Past Lake Superior State, 6-4
Senior forward Dominik Shine scores hat trick for Wildcats

Senior forward Dominik Shine scored a hat trick for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 17:32  NMU1-0 EV Dominik Shine (10)Shane Sooth/2
2nd 12:33  NMU2-0 SH Dominik Shine (11) -
2nd 14:12  LSS1-2 EV J.T. Henke (7)Anthony Nellis/7, Max Humitz/3
2nd 15:58  LSS2-2 EV Max Humitz (8)Anthony Nellis/8, J.T. Henke/13
2nd 19:24  NMU3-2 EV Troy Loggins (6)Gerard Hanson/10, Brock Maschmeyer/8
3rd 3:13  NMU4-2 EV Zach Diamantoni (2)Darien Craighead/7, Robbie Payne/10
3rd 6:05  NMU5-2 EV GW Zach Diamantoni (3)Robbie Payne/11, Darien Craighead/8
3rd 8:13  NMU6-2 PP Dominik Shine (12)Gerard Hanson/11, Brock Maschmeyer/9
3rd 12:03  LSS3-6 PP Max Humitz (9)Anthony Nellis/9, J.T. Henke/14
3rd 15:58  LSS4-6 EV Diego Cuglietta (10)Owen Headrick/13, Brayden Gelsinger/9
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Lake Superior State  0224
Northern Michigan  1236
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Lake Superior State  1013427
Northern Michigan  1381132
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Lake Superior State (9-12-1)  1/6 7/14 0
Northern Michigan (5-17-2)  1/5 8/16 1
Lake Superior State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Gordon Defiel (L, 9-10-1)46:055 126321
Nick Kossoff12:261 0055
Empty Net1:290     
Northern Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Atte Tolvanen (W, 4-17-2)60:004 1011223

MARQUETTE, Mich. - Dominik Shine's second career hat trick, and Zach Diamantoni's first multi-goal game, powered the Northern Michigan hockey team to a 6-4 victory over Lake Superior State Saturday night at the Berry Events Center.

Early in the third period, Diamantoni and Shine combined to net three goals in a five-minute window. Those strikes turned a 3-2 edge into a 6-2 advantage, which proved to be the difference in the game.

The first period's lone goal came at 17:32, just a second after Northern Michigan's second power play expired. After Shane Sooth stood up a Laker in the neutral zone, Shine corralled the loose puck and carried it into the offensive zone. He dished it to Sooth, and Sooth gave it right back to him to thread into the upper right corner of the net.

Just under five minutes into the second period, Anthony Paskaruk appeared to give the Wildcats some breathing room when he slipped a Denver Pierce rebound between Gordon Defiel and the left post. But, after a lengthy review, the goal was disallowed.

During the final five minutes of the middle stanza, the teams combined to score four goals. Shine began the offensive burst at 12:33 while Northern Michigan was shorthanded. After he blocked a Lake Superior State dump in, he raced in on a breakaway and picked the left corner of the net over Defiel's shoulder.

The Lakers drew back within a single strike less than two minutes later, just four seconds after their power play expired. At 14:12, Atte Tolvanen denied Anthony Nellis with a pad save, but the puck kicked out to J.T. Henke to chip into the empty net. Then, at 15:58, they evened the score; a bad change by the Wildcats resulted in a 2-on-1 rush, and Max Humitz finished off a Nellis feed.

But Northern Michigan regained its lead with just 36 seconds remaining in the second period. Brock Maschmeyer's long outlet pass hit a man in the neutral zone and skittered into the offensive zone. Gerard Hanson beat his defender to the puck and then threaded a backhanded pass through traffic to Troy Loggins in the slot. Defiel got a piece of Loggins's bid, but the puck squirted through the space between his blocker and his pad, putting the Wildcats up, 3-2.

Northern Michigan carried the momentum from that clutch Loggins strike into the third period, scoring three unanswered goals in the first nine minutes. First, at 3:13, Diamantoni sent a Darien Craighead rebound past Defiel while crashing the net. Then, at 6:05, Robbie Payne's shot from the edge of the left circle struck Diamantoni in front and deflected past Defiel.

Shine capped the game-deciding stretch, and sealed his second career hat trick, at 8:13, skating in a few strides and sending a low bullet past Defiel during a 5-on-3 man advantage.

Lake Superior State made it a 6-4 game by netting goals at 12:03 and 15:58 of the final fame.

With the win, Northern Michigan tied the 2016-17 Cappo Cup series at one game apiece. The Wildcats hold an 8-7 advantage in goals scored, which is the tie breaker.

The Cappo Cup series continues next weekend. The first game will be played on Jan. 13 at the Berry Events Center; the second is in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. on Jan. 14.

NOTES: Northern Michigan leads the all-time series, 67-41-11 ... Shine (3g), Diamantoni (2g), Craighead (2a), Hanson (2a), Maschmeyer (2a) and Payne (2a) had multi-point efforts ... Tolvanen finished with 23 saves ... Shine's first hat trick was on Dec. 4, 2015 at Alabama-Huntsville; it was also the last by a Wildcat before tonight ... The last hat trick by a Wildcat at the Berry Events Center came on Oct. 16, 2015 against Lake Superior State; Payne turned the trick in a 6-3 victory ... Shine's goals were his sixth, seventh and eighth in the past seven games; over that span, he was only held without a goal against Alabama-Huntsville on Dec. 10 ... This was Diamantoni's first multi-goal effort of his collegiate career ... Maschmeyer and Craighead each matched his career high in assists; Maschmeyer last had two helpers on Oct. 7, 2016 against Wisconsin while Craighead's only other two-assist effort came on Dec. 2, 2016 at Alaska-Anchorage ... With five shots, tying him with Shine for the team high, Jordan Klimek set a new career high; he had equaled his previous career high of four, last accomplished against Bowling Green on Nov. 11, 2016, by the end of the first period ... Entering tonight's game, Northern Michigan was 0-8-1 at the Berry Events Center in 2016-17 .... The Wildcats' last home win came on Feb. 20, 2016 against Alabama-Huntsville, a 3-1 victory.