Northern Michigan Skates To 2-2 Tie At Wisconsin
Junior forward Shane Sooth and sophomore forward Filip Starzyński score goals for Wildcats

Junior forward Shane Sooth scored a goal for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 4:20  WIS1-0 PP Jake Linhart (1)Seamus Malone/1, Kevin Schulze/1
3rd 5:47  NMU1-1 PP Shane Sooth (1)Sami Salminen/1, Gerard Hanson/1
3rd 7:56  NMU2-1 EV Filip Starzynski (1)Gerard Hanson/2
3rd 19:18.8 WIS2-2 EV EA GT Grant Besse (1)Kevin Schulze/2, Seamus Malone/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Northern Michigan  00202
Wisconsin  01102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Northern Michigan  4821134
Wisconsin  1357227
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northern Michigan (0-0-1)  1/4 5/10 0
Wisconsin (0-0-1)  1/4 5/10 0
Northern Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Atte Tolvanen (T, 0-0-1)64:082 1346225
Empty Net0:520      
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Adam Miller (T, 0-0-1)64:412 4819132
Empty Net0:190      

MADISON, Wis. - The Northern Michigan hockey team tied Wisconsin, 2-2, Friday night at the Kohl Center in its season opener.

"I really liked our third period," head coach Walt Kyle said. "I loved the way we played. They got a couple of bounces, they got a bounce at the end, but I'm really pleased with the performance of a number of guys."

After scoring two goals in a three-minute span early in the third period, the Wildcats held a 2-1 lead until the game's final minute, but the Badgers took advantage of a goal mouth scramble to even the score.

Neither team could find the back of the net in overtime, and Northern Michigan went on to win the shootout, 2-1, behind goals by Troy Loggins and Filip Starzynski.

Wisconsin controlled the first period, peppering Atte Tolvanen with 13 shots and limiting the Wildcats to only four. But Tolvanen held fast, and the teams went to the dressing room locked in a scoreless tie.

"I thought we started the game out sluggish on the road against a team that was really hungry and desperate," Kyle said. "I thought, as the game went along, we got better."

The Badgers pulled ahead at 4:20 in the second period on a Jake Linhart power play marker. After that, though, the tide began to turn.

The Wildcats evened the score at 5:47 in the third period on a man advantage when Shane Sooth beat his man to the front of the net and sent a Sami Salminen pass out of Adam Miller's reach.

Just over two minutes later, Gerard Hanson disrupted a Wisconsin breakout, and the puck skittered out front to Starzynski, who snapped it into the back of the net.

In the third period, the Wildcats held a 21-7 edge in shots. Overall, they led the Badgers, 34-27.

The Badgers had two prime scoring opportunities in the waning minutes of overtime. But Barrett Kaib made a sliding block to keep Wisconsin from getting a look on net, and Tolvanen came up with a bouncing puck to maintain the 2-2 tie.

In the shootout, Tolvanen turned aside two of three Badgers. Loggins scored on a backhand shot through the five hole while Starzynski faked Miller out of the net and slipped the puck by him.

"I thought Atte was really good," Kyle said. "I liked Brock Maschmeyer tonight. I thought the young guys all acquitted themselves well."

The Wildcats and Badgers meet again tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

NOTES: Wisconsin leads the all-time series, 47-29-7 ... Starzynski's goal was the first of his collegiate career ... Robbie Payne tied Wisconsin's Jedd Soleway for the game-high in shots with six, a new career high ... Hanson recorded an assist on both Wildcat goals ... Hanson now has five career multi-assist games ... Both teams capitalized on one of four power play opportunities ... The Wildcats skated to six ties in 2014-15, which ranked first in the WCHA and tied for fourth in the nation.