OXFORD, Ohio - The No. 16 Northern Michigan University hockey team tied No. 5 Miami 2-2 on Saturday night at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio with the RedHawks taking the shootout, 2-0, for the extra point in the CCHA standings.
Northern (4-4-2 overall, 1-3-2 in CCHA) held a 2-1 lead until 17:47 of the third period when Alex Wideman of Miami (6-2-2 overall, 3-2-1 in CCHA) tied the game with assists from Cody Murphy and Joe Hartman.
The RedHawks' Sean Kuraly originally tied the game at 12:27 of the first period with assists from Riley Barber and Wideman.
Both Wildcat goals came in the first period with sophomore forward Ryan Kesti scoring at 6:05 with assists from junior defenseman Wade Epp and sophomore forward Nathan Taurence - his first point with NMU.
Junior forward Stephan Vigier, with assists from senior forward Matt Thurber and junior defenseman CJ Ludwig, added a goal at 17:20 of the first that would stand as the game-winner until Wideman's game-tying goal.
NMU junior goaltender Jared Coreau finished with 31 saves while Miami's Jay Williams stopped 25 shots.
Both teams were called for eight penalties for 16 minutes, though only the Wildcats and RedHawks only had three power plays. Both converted once.
NMU, which earns only one out of six points on the weekend in CCHA play, outshot Miami 15-5 in the first period, but the RedHawks outshot Northern 28-12 the rest of the way, including overtime.
The Wildcats return to Ohio on Friday and Saturday to play Ohio State.