Northern Michigan Ties Minnesota State, 2-2

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan hockey team tied Minnesota State, 2-2, Saturday night at the Berry Events Center.

Atte Tolvanen made 33 saves, including nine in the third period and overtime, to preserve the tie for the Wildcats, who move to 4-3-5 (3-2-3 WCHA) on the season.

Zach Diamantoni's second goal of the year gave Northern Michigan a 1-0 lead at 4:35 in the first. Off a rush, Cohen Adair fed Brock Maschmeyer, who sent a shot on net. His shot ricocheted off of Jason Pawloski's pads and right to Diamantoni to snap into the empty net.

Just over a minute later, the Mavericks evened the score when Michael Huntebrinker won a faceoff back to Daniel Brickley, whose one-timer hit Steen Cooper's skate and bounced into the net.

The Wildcats had two near misses in the opening stanza. Only three minutes had ticked off the clock when John Siemer crashed the net in a swarm of Mavericks, but the skittering puck didn't make it over the line. In the final minute of the period, with Northern Michigan on its first man advantage, Maschmeyer fired a shot from the point that hit a Maverick and deflected off the post and out of danger.

The second was a penalty-filled affair, as Northern Michigan took back-to-back five-minute majors and Minnesota State took one late in the frame. Because of their time spent on the power play, the Mavericks held a 13-3 shot advantage in that stanza, but they couldn't get one by Tolvanen.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats took advantage of their limited opportunities. Just over two minutes into their five-minute man advantage, at 18:27, Siemer tipped a Jordan Klimek point shot past Pawloski to put Northern Michigan ahead, 2-1.

Minnesota State didn't waste much time tying the game up at two apiece in the third frame. Shortly after the Wildcat five-minute power play expired, at 3:08, C.J. Franklin potted a goal off a booming Dylan Margonari rebound. 

Like the second period, the third was marked by extended time spent on special teams. But the Wildcats' best opportunity of the stanza came with 2:34 left on the clock, as Ryan Black rang the post off a rush shortly after a Northern Michigan power play expired. Less than a minute later, Shane Sooth had an opportunity to give the Wildcats the lead, but he couldn't send a Robbie Payne rebound past Pawloski.

NOTES: Minnesota State leads the all-time series 6-1-3 ... Northern Michigan last skated to back-to-back ties in its season-opening series at Wisconsin Oct. 9 and 10 ... The Wildcats have played bonus hockey five times this season, and all five of those games ended in a tie ... Tolvanen has now reached the 30-save plateau seven times this season ... Adair (1g-3a) has been a point-per-game player over the past four games ... Diamantoni (2g-1a), Trenz (1g-2a) and Maschmeyer (3a) each have totaled three points over that same span.