MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie with Minnesota State Friday night at the Berry Events Center.
The Mavericks and Wildcats scored less than six minutes apart in the second period, but neither team could find the back of the net the rest of the way. With the tie, Northern Michigan moves to 4-3-4 (3-2-2 WCHA) on the season.
The Mavericks, who held a 13-6 advantage in shots in the second period, opened the scoring at 8:10 when Michael Huntebrinker sent a backhand drop pass to Brad McClure, who snapped the puck past Atte Tolvanen.
Northern Michigan's resurgent power play, which has scored on five of its past 10 opportunities over the past two games, struck to even the score at 14:07. After Anthony Paskaruk drew a hooking penalty when sprung on a partial breakaway, the Wildcats wasted little time finding the back of the net. From the middle of the left circle, Shane Sooth hit Cohen Adair in front with a no-look pass, and Adair drew the puck to his backhand and slid it past Jason Pawloski.
Earlier in the second, with just under six minutes gone from the clock, the Wildcats had a prime opportunity to take the lead when Troy Loggins stripped a Maverick defender of the puck at the blue line and raced back the other way on a 2-on-1 with Filip Starzynski. Loggins's shot left a juicy rebound, but it skittered just out of Starzynski's reach and to the boards.
Minnesota State outshot Northern Michigan, 11-6, in the third period and overtime, but Tolvanen turned aside every Maverick shot to preserve the tie. Pawloski came up with three saves in the extra frame, including one on a point-blank Darren Nowick try, for Minnesota State.
The Wildcats and Mavericks wrap up their series tomorrow, with puck drop scheduled for 7:07 p.m.
NOTES: Minnesota State leads the all-time series, 6-1-2 ... The tie was the Mavericks' first of the season ... Northern Michigan has played bonus hockey four times this season, and all four of those games ended in a tie ... Adair (2g-2a) and Sooth (2g-2a) each has been a point-per-game player over the past four games ... Payne's helper was his first of the season ... Tolvanen finished with 30 saves; he has reached the 30-save plateau six times this season ... With four shots, Loggins tied two Mavericks for the game high, equaling his career high in the process.