|1st||10:00||UNO||1-0||EV||Justin Parizek (3)||Teemu Pulkkinen/5, David Pope/10|
|1st||10:42||NMU||1-1||EV||Dominik Shine (4)||Brock Maschmeyer/4, Gerard Hanson/6|
|1st||11:17||NMU||2-1||EV||Troy Loggins (3)||Robbie Payne/8, Zach Diamantoni/7|
|2nd||9:56||UNO||2-2||PP GT||Tyler Vesel (6)||Austin Ortega/8, David Pope/11|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (3-10-2)||0/4||5/21||0|
|Kris Oldham (T, 2-2-1)||64:32||2||8||8||11||3||30|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Atte Tolvanen (T, 2-10-2)||65:00||2||15||10||5||7||37|
MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan hockey team skated to a 2-2 draw with Omaha Friday night at the Berry Events Center.
Robbie Payne tapped a Dominik Shine rebound into an empty net with 8.3 seconds left on the clock in the 3-on-3 overtime period to give the Wildcats, now 3-8-2 on the season, momentum heading into Saturday night's game.
Omaha jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 10-minute mark of the first. On a dump in, Teemu Pulkkinen kicked the puck out to Justin Parizek, who stuffed it inside the left post.
Just 42 seconds later, Northern Michigan responded with a textbook 2-on-1 goal to even the score. Gerard Hanson initiated the play by scooping the puck off of the boards in the neutral zone and playing it ahead to Shine. Shine dished it to Brock Maschmeyer on the left wing, and Maschmeyer gave it right back to him to roof past Kris Oldham.
Less than a minute later, Troy Loggins struck to give the Wildcats a 2-1 edge. After Zach Diamantoni took a shot right off of a face-off, he corralled his own rebound and fed Payne behind the net. Payne wired a backhanded pass to Loggins, who chipped it past Oldham mid-stride.
During the second period, the Mavericks took advantage of Loggins's five-minute major penalty to net the equalizer. On the resulting man advantage, seconds after Atte Tolvanen denied David Pope on a partial breakaway, Tyler Vesel took a centering feed from Austin Ortega and fired a shot past Tolvanen that nearly popped the water bottle.
Northern Michigan's best chances of the middle stanza came in the final seven minutes. First, with 6:01 on the clock, Oldham stopped a Shine bid from the middle of the right circle and then pounced on the puck before Sami Salminen could send it home. Then, with 1:52 to play, Shine stripped a Maverick of the puck at the blue line and then raced down the ice on a shorthanded breakaway. He ultimately sent his shot just wide of the post.
The Wildcats outshot the Mavericks, 11-5, in the third period but couldn't solve Oldham to pull ahead. Shine had five of those shots, including two point-blank tries with 10:28 to play that Oldham managed to turn aside.
The tables turned in the overtime period, and Tolvanen was forced to make seven of his 37 saves to maintain the 2-2 tie. One of his more impressive stops came on Tyler Vesel, who skated in on a 1-on-1, used Maschmeyer as a screen and snapped a wrist shot on net that Tolvanen managed to stop; he then covered the rebound before a trailing Jake Randolph could send it home.
NOTES: The teams are tied in the all-time series, 17-17-3 ... Six Wildcats recorded points in the game ... This was only the second time Northern Michigan went into overtime this season; in their last overtime game, on Oct. 22, the Wildcats battled Ferris State to a 2-2 draw and ultimately lost in the shootout ... Shine led all players with 10 shots, a new career high; his previous career high was eight, accomplished twice ... Shine and Jordan Klimek had the assists on Payne's three-on-three overtime goal ... This was Tolvanen's 18th-career 30-save effort ... The tie snapped a five-game losing streak that dated back to Nov. 5.