The Northern Michigan University Wildcats lost their first game of the season in a heartbreaking loss.
Kenny Babinski had the game’s only goal 52 seconds into the extra frame going above Mathias Dahlstrom’s glove shoulder. It was the game’s only goal, as the Ferris State Bulldogs won 1-0.
“It was a mistake on our part,” NMU forward John Siemer said. “He can’t do it all.”
NMU had their chances in the first period, with the Cats getting multiple shots. Using the full width of the ice, Northern Michigan was able to make passes in the open ice and unleashed a half-dozen shots on Ferris’s netminder CJ Motte before the Bulldogs iced the puck. Northern kept the pressure going after a dominant penalty kill.
Ferris State came out strong in the second period with a shot from Mayhew hitting the pipe, one stopped by a diving Mathias Dahlstrom and another after the net had come off its moorings.
A cross check minor to Ryan Kesti on the same play gave the Bulldogs the power play, but the Wildcats killed it off.
Mitch Maloney’s hooking penalty gave the Wildcats their first power play of the night. Another penalty from Kenny Babinski provided NMU with 18 seconds of 5-on-3 hockey, but were unable to capitalize on the two-man advantage.
A deflected pass gave the Bulldogs a two-on-one shorthanded opportunity, but the shot went wide. The Wildcats in an attempt to catch up to the action messed up the line change and put too many men on the ice. The only shot on goal on the four-on-four and Bulldog power play came from NMU’s Jordan Klimek drilling Motte from his own zone.
“I liked our penalty kill but our power play sucks,” Kyle said. We tot to get more shots and opportunities and we’ll work on it.”
Northern came out of the third period strong, recording 10 shots on goal in the first 12 minutes of the period. They had 12 SOG for the entire period, matching their total for the previous two periods. NMU has a +7 goal differential in the third period.
“The third period is our period, we come on strong and we come to play,” Seimer said.
Dahlstrom had 35 saves on 36 shots, while Motte stopped all 24. Dahlstrom leads the WCHA with a 0.86 GAA and Motte sits in third with a 1.76. They are also first and third in save percentage respectively.
“Both (goaltenders) were excellent. Nothing’s easy,” Kyle said.
The teams combined for 0-6 on the power play, with each squad stopping three. Ferris State is now one of 33 power play opportunities for the season.
The Wildcats are now 5-1-1 for the season. The two teams will play again tomorrow at 7:07 p.m..