|2nd||4:19||AKF||1-0||EV||Ryker Leer (1)||Nick Hinz/6|
|2nd||6:52||NMU||1-1||PP||Shane Sooth (5)||Darren Nowick/8, Gerard Hanson/11|
|3rd||2:17||AKF||2-1||EV||Nolan Huysmans (4)||-|
|3rd||11:45||NMU||2-2||EV||Barrett Kaib (2)||Shane Sooth/5, John Siemer/4|
|OT||3:11||AKF||3-2||EV GW||Alec Hajdukovich (6)||Nolan Huysmans/10|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (8-9-6)||1/5||8/16||0|
|Jesse Jenks (W, 4-4-3)||63:11||2||15||5||4||1||25|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Atte Tolvanen (L, 5-8-6)||62:50||3||10||8||7||1||26|
MARQUETTE, Mich. - Alec Hajdukovich netted a goal in the final two minutes of overtime to lift Alaska-Fairbanks to a 3-2 win over the Northern Michigan hockey team Friday night at the Berry Events Center.
Barrett Kaib tied the game at 11:45 of the third period, and the Wildcats killed off three penalties in the final and extra frames, but the Nanooks capitalized on a transition play to fell the home team.
The first period was marked by extended time spent on special teams as Northern Michigan and Alaska-Fairbanks combined to take six penalties. The Nanooks had an extended 5-on-3 advantage near the halfway mark, but Atte Tolvanen only had to turn aside a single shot as the Wildcats gained possession early and kept the puck pinned in the Alaska-Fairbanks end.
Near the end of the period, Northern Michigan had two chances to pull ahead. The first came with 4:29 left when Zach Diamantoni and John Siemer executed a give-and-go on the rush that gave Siemer a clear look at net, but Jesse Jenks was able to deflect his shot into the netting. Then, with 3:13 remaining, Darren Nowick weaved through the defense and fired a shot that Jenks managed to cover.
Ryker Leer's first collegiate goal gave the Nanooks the lead at 4:19 of the second. Sprung ahead on a breakaway by Nick Hinz, the freshman slipped the puck through Tolvanen's five hole.
The Wildcats responded with a breakaway goal of their own at 6:52. On the power play, Nowick hit Shane Sooth on the Nanook blue line with a long pass. Sooth walked in alone on Jenks and, like Leer before him, netted a five-hole goal.
Alaska-Fairbanks broke the stalemate early in the third period, with Nolan Huysmans capitalizing on a Northern Michigan miscue to net a goal at 2:17, but Kaib fired a low bullet past Jenks to force overtime.
With the loss, their second in overtime this season, the Wildcats fall to 8-9-6 (6-7-4 WCHA). They close their series with the Nanooks tomorrow at 7:07 p.m.
NOTES: Northern Michigan leads the all-time series, 32-13-12 ... The Wildcats have skated in 10 overtime games this season; they own a 2-2-6 in those contests ... Kaib's goal was his first since Oct. 16 against Lake Superior State ... Sooth's two points (1g-1a) matched his career high, last accomplished Nov. 7 at Alaska-Fairbanks ... Dominik Shine had his six-game goal and five-game point streaks snapped ... Northern Michigan outshot Alaska-Fairbanks, 29-27 ... The Wildcats held the Nanooks scoreless on eight power play opportunities.