|1st||7:49||MNS||1-0||PP||Jean-Paul Lafontaine (4)||Casey Nelson/13, Matt Leitner/15|
|1st||10:07||NMU||1-1||PP||Mitch Jones (2)||Dominik Shine/9, Darren Nowick/8|
|1st||15:48||MNS||2-1||EV||Zeb Knutson (2)||C.J. Franklin/11, Teddy Blueger/10|
|2nd||15:19||NMU||2-2||PP GT||Dominik Shine (4)||Brock Maschmeyer/2, Gerard Hanson/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (14-4-1)||1/6||7/28||0|
|Northern Michigan (8-6-4)||2/6||7/14||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Stephon Williams (T, 11-2-1)||65:00||2||6||5||9||0||20|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Michael Doan (T, 0-2-2)||64:55||2||11||4||9||0||24|
Marquette, MI - Northern Michigan University hockey (8-6-4, 5-6-3 WCHA) scored two power play goals to garner a tie in the second game of their two game series against No. 3 Minnesota State with a final of 2-2. The two teams played physical all 65 minutes as there were 14 penalties in the contest.
"Way different than last night, way harder effort," commented head coach Walt Kyle. "We made some lineup changes tonight with an emphasis on guys who were going to play and guys who were going to compete, and I thought our leadership was great and we did compete. Both goalies were good and I was proud of the game."
Minnesota State's J.P. Lafontaine scored the first goal of the night for the Mavericks. Lafontaine scored his fourth goal of the season on the power play on assists from Casey Nelson and Matt Leitner at the 7:49 mark of the first.
Senior defenseman Mitch Jones evened the score for the Wildcats when he fired in a shot past Mavs goalie Stephon Williams at the 10:07 mark of the first period. It marked Jones' second goal of the season. Jones took a feed from sophomore forward Dominik Shine and junior forward Darren Nowick to score the first goal of the night on the power play for the Wildcats.
The Mavericks retook the lead at the 15:48 mark when Minnesota State forward Zeb Knutson scored for the second time of the season with assists to C.J. Franklin and Teddy Blueger.
Minnesota State would outshoot the Wildcats 13-7 in the opening period on their way to the 2-1 lead.
Northern Michigan lit the lamp on their first shot of the power play at the 15:19 mark of the second period to even the score at 2-2. Shine recorded the goal in the high slot after sophomore defenseman Brock Maschmeyer redirected a puck from sophomore forward Gerard Hanson who fed Maschmeyer from behind the net.
The third period saw five penalties but neither team was able to sneak any shots past the respective goalies with each team firing nine shots in the period. A costly checking from behind major put Northern Michigan on the power play at the 19:23 mark in the period, which would carry over into the first 4:37 of the overtime period.
In the extra period, neither team was able to get a shot on net leading to the 2-2 tie.
Junior goaltender Michael Doan saved 24 shots on the night, while Maschmeyer, Shine and senior forward DJ Vandercook led the team with three shots apiece.
"I'm happy for Michael and the job he has come in and done," said Kyle on Doan's performance as of late. "It's not an easy thing when you have to sit out, but when we have Michael in net we feel like we can win and that's an important thing."
Northern Michigan opens up a home-and-home series next weekend with Michigan Tech playing at home Friday, January 9th at 7:07 p.m. before traveling to Houghton, Mich. Saturday, January 10th.