|1st||1:06||MSU||1-0||EV||Joe Cox (6)||Travis Walsh/6, Michael Ferrantino/12|
|3rd||15:45||NMU||1-1||PP||Dominik Shine (7)||John Siemer/3, Darren Nowick/6|
|OT||3:38||NMU||2-1||EV GW||Robbie Payne (7)||Zach Diamantoni/4, Ryan Trenz/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (7-7-6)||1/5||4/8||0|
|Michigan State (5-13-2)||0/3||6/12||0|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Mathias Israelsson (W, 2-0-0)||63:05||1||5||10||7||2||24|
|Michigan State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Jake Hildebrand (L, 5-12-1)||63:34||2||6||7||5||0||18|
DETROIT - Robbie Payne's overtime goal lifted the Northern Michigan hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Michigan State in the Great Lakes Invitational consolation game Wednesday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.
With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Dominik Shine netted a power play goal to even the score and set up Payne's heroics.
Just 1:06 had ticked off the clock when the Spartans opened the scoring. From the left point, Travis Walsh fired a shot on net that Mathias Israelsson couldn't glove. The puck squirted out to Joe Cox, who buried it to give the Spartans an early 1-0 edge.
Northern Michigan was awarded the game's first man advantage at 13:16 in the first. Jake Hildebrand came up with two big saves to preserve the Michigan State advantage, first fighting through a Cohen Adair screen to turn aside a booming Zach Urban point shot and then denying Payne at the side of the net after a Brock Maschmeyer rebound bounced out to him.
In the second period, the Wildcats were outshot, 10-7, but had three of the better scoring opportunities. At around the 12:10 mark, Shine was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway, but he couldn't settle the puck down enough and Hildebrand sent his shot wide. Shortly before that, Darren Nowick picked a Spartan pocket in the neutral zone and rushed back the other way; Hildebrand turned his shot aside, and a trailing Adair was tied up by a Spartan and couldn't reach the rebound.
Early in Northern Michigan's second penalty kill of the middle stanza, with just under four minutes remaining, Gerard Hanson corralled the puck and took it the length of the ice, picking up a charging Maschmeyer. Hanson found Maschmeyer in front, but he couldn't deflect the pass past Hildebrand.
The Wildcats finally found the back of the net after Brennan Sanford was assessed a boarding penalty at 14:20. On the resulting man advantage, John Siemer sent a pass to Nowick, who gave it right back to him. Siemer curled around the net, drawing the Spartan defender stationed in front, which left Shine open to net the equalizer.
Payne's winner came after a flurry of Wildcat chances. A draw win by Zach Diamantoni kept the puck pinned in the Michigan State end. Ryan Trenz fired a shot from the point that deflected off of Diamantoni's skate and right to Payne, who beat a screened Hildebrand to lift Northern Michigan to its second overtime victory of the season.
The Wildcats, now 7-7-6 (5-5-4 WCHA) on the season, return to the ice Jan. 8 when they open their final regular-season series against WCHA frontrunner Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn.
NOTES: Michigan State leads the all-time series, 35-30-4 ... Northern Michigan is now 4-8 in GLI action; they also won the third-place game in 1983 (5-3 over Michigan) and 1998 (8-1 over Michigan Tech) ... The Wildcats have played in nine overtime games this season, posting a 2-1-6 record ... Shine's tally ran his point streak to four games; he has also now netted a goal in three-straight games and in five of the past six ... Israelsson made his second career start in net and made 24 saves ... Shine (Pinckney) and Payne (Gaylord) were two of three Michigan natives in the Wildcat lineup ... Shine (2g) and Trenz (2a) enjoyed multi-point GLI appearances ... Jordan Klimek's minor for slashing at 11:36 of the second was his first penalty of the season; he is the last Wildcat regular to be assessed a penalty.