Marquette, MI - The Northern Michigan University Hockey Wildcats came from behind to tie the Ferris State University Bulldogs on Saturday, November 30, 2013. The Wildcats and Bulldogs skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Northern Michigan is now 6-6-2 overall and 4-3-1 in the WCHA.
Ferris State opened the scoring at 9:50 of the second period to take the 1-0 lead after the two teams skated scoreless through 30 minutes of play. The Wildcats responded with the tying goal just five minutes later when senior forward Jake Johnson tipped in freshman Dominik Shine's shot from the left point. The power play goal marked Johnson's second goal of the season and assists were awarded to Shine and fellow freshman Sami Salminen. Johnson's game-tying goal turned out to be the final goal of the game as the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie.
On the defensive front the Wildcats played considerably better than the night prior. The Wildcats allowed one goal on 21 shots in the 65 minutes of play. "I thought we bounced back after last night to play much better tonight," said head Coach Walt Kyle. "We played more of the game I wanted us to play tonight."
Redshirt freshman Mathias Dahlstrom returned to net for the Wildcats and recorded all 20 saves in the game. Dahlstrom's only goal against came on a Bulldog power play in the second period. The Wildcats stopped the Bulldogs on their other three power play attempts.
The Wildcats ended the night with 24 shots on goal. Junior Mitch Jones led the Wildcats with four shots on goal while Shine added three. The Wildcats were one for six on the power play including going scoreless on a five-minute power play after a checking from behind major called against the Bulldogs.
Northern Michigan will hit the road for the remainder of the 2013 calendar year for games at Minnesota State-Mankato (Dec. 6-7) and North Dakota (Dec. 13-14). The Wildcats return to Marquette for games on January 17-18 against Alaska.