Wildcats Take Chargers to OT

Wildcats Take Chargers to OT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Northern Michigan University Hockey picked up a point in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings after a 2-2 result at the University of Alabama-Huntsville Friday night.


The first period saw a 0-0 tie through the first 20 minutes. NMU finished with 21 shots, with eight on goal while the Chargers only got off 11 shots, six on goal.


In the second period, UAH managed to score two goals early in the period to take a 2-0 lead. However, senior Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was able to score his 13th goal of the season and give the Wildcats a power play goal. Senior Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, B.C.) and junior Darien Craighead (Surrey, B.C.) assisted on the goal.

During the period, the Wildcats won 15 faceoffs while they outshot the Chargers 20-6 on goal.


In the third period, freshman Ty Readman (Edmonton, Alta.) notched his third goal of the season during a power play, scoring off passes from junior Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minn.) and sophomore Joseph Nardi (Edmonton, Alta).

The period saw both teams add nine shots on goal to their totals.


Since the game was tied after regulation, the teams entered a 5 on 5 overtime period that spanned the full five minutes. The Wildcats outshot the Chargers 7-2 in the frame but were unable to get a puck into the net. 

The teams then went into a five minute 3 on 3 session, but shortly into the overtime period UAH was able to score off after a save to get the extra WCHA point.


Senior Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) finished with 22 saves and now has 3,212 saves in his career and is just one save away from fourth place all time.

Loggins, Rockwood and senior Denver Pierce (Sault Ste Marie, Mich.) paced the Wildcats with five shots on goal each. Freshman Garrett Klee (Morrison, Colo.) and Craighead both added four.

Rockwood also added 12 faceoff wins while Nardi notched 10.


The Wildcats fell to 14-13-1 on the season and are 13-7-1-0 in the WCHA. NMU will look to bounce back Saturday afternoon in the second game of the series with Alabama-Huntsville, with the game slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.