Hajdukovich Scores in Overtime to Send Alaska Past Northern Michigan, 3-2
Senior forward Alec Hajdukovich scores game-winner for Nanooks

Senior forward Alec Hajdukovich scored the game-winning goal for the Nanooks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 4:19  AKF1-0 EV Ryker Leer (1)Nick Hinz/6
2nd 6:52  NMU1-1 PP Shane Sooth (5)Darren Nowick/8, Gerard Hanson/11
3rd 2:17  AKF2-1 EV Nolan Huysmans (4) -
3rd 11:45  NMU2-2 EV Barrett Kaib (2)Shane Sooth/5, John Siemer/4
OT 3:11  AKF3-2 EV GW Alec Hajdukovich (6)Nolan Huysmans/10
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Alaska  01113
Northern Michigan  01102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Alaska  1098229
Northern Michigan  1565127
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska (7-12-4)  0/8 5/10 0
Northern Michigan (8-9-6)  1/5 8/16 0
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Jesse Jenks (W, 4-4-3)63:112 1554125
Northern Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Atte Tolvanen (L, 5-8-6)62:503 1087126
Empty Net0:210      

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.