|1st||11:42||MIC||1-0||EV||Cutler Martin (1)||Kyle Connor/12, Joseph Cecconi/5|
|2nd||2:39||NMU||1-1||EV||Gerard Hanson (1)||Ryan Trenz/4|
|2nd||11:41||NMU||2-1||EV||Dominik Shine (6)||Barrett Kaib/3, Cohen Adair/4|
|2nd||12:55||MIC||2-2||PP||Justin Selman (7)||Sam Piazza/2, Cristoval Nieves/7|
|3rd||4:05||MIC||3-2||EV GW||Kyle Connor (12)||Dexter Dancs/3, JT Compher/16|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (6-7-6)||0/3||5/21||0|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Atte Tolvanen (L, 4-7-6)||59:05||3||15||7||9||31|
|Steve Racine (W, 5-1-1)||60:00||2||13||7||15||35|
DETROIT - No. 10 Michigan edged the Northern Michigan hockey team, 3-2, behind a third-period tally Tuesday night in their Great Lakes Invitational semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena.
Kyle Connor netted the game-winning at 4:05, and Steve Racine made 15 of his 35 saves in the final frame to thwart the Wildcat comeback bid. Northern Michigan, now 6-7-6 (5-4-4 WCHA) on the season, will play Michigan State in the third-place game Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Neither team carried the play in the early goings. Just under three minutes into the period, Filip Starzynski attempted a wrap-around only to be turned aside by Racine. Then, roughly a minute later, Robbie Payne took a drop pass from Shane Sooth and fired a shot that Racine sent wide.
Michigan finally solved Tolvanen, who made 15 saves in the first period alone, at 11:42 when Cutler Martin fired a bullet right under the crossbar.
Gerard Hanson's first goal of the season knotted the game at one apiece at 2:39 of the second. While draped by a Wolverine, Ryan Trenz muscled his way up the boards and sent a pass to Hanson on the doorstep for the tap-in goal.
Northern Michigan took its first lead of the game on a goal by Dominik Shine, a Pinckney, Mich. native playing in front of his hometown crowd. After a flurry of chances by the Wildcats in tight, the puck was worked back to Barrett Kaib on the point. Racine stopped Kaib's shot but couldn't cover the puck, and Shine knocked it over the line while sprawling to the ice.
Michigan responded by tying the game just over a minute later on its second man advantage of the game. Near the end of the second, the Wolverines had an opportunity to retake the lead when they were awarded a five-minute power play after Hanson was whistled for contact with the head elbowing. But the Wildcat penalty kill held fast, keeping Michigan from getting any quality looks on net.
The Wolverines took the lead for good when Connor beat his defender, skated around the net and then rifled a shot past Tolvanen.
With seven minutes remaining in the game, Alex Kile was assessed a major penalty for contact with the head elbowing, sending the Wildcats to a five-minute man advantage of their own. After Tolvanen thwarted JT Compher's shorthanded breakaway bid with a pad save, Northern Michigan went back the other way with numbers. John Siemer had a chance in the slot, but he couldn't settle the puck down enough to send it past Racine.
Darren Nowick nearly tied the game with roughly 35 seconds left on the clock after weaving through the Wolverine defense, but Racine came up with a kick save to preserve the Michigan lead.
NOTES: Michigan leads the all-time series, 40-20-7 ... The Wildcats are now 3-8 in GLI play ... Shine has netted a goal in three and a point in four of Northern Michigan's past five games ... Adair notched an assist in his first game back after being injured early in Dec. 4's game at Alabama-Huntsville; entering that tilt, he had posted six points (3g-3a) in eight games ... Tolvanen last made at least 15 saves in a single period Dec. 4 at Alabama-Huntsville (20, first period) ... Tolvanen finished with 31 saves; it was his 10th career 30-save performance ... The Wildcats outshot the Wolverines, 37-34; they last reached the 30-shot plateau Dec. 5 at Alabama-Huntsville.