Wildcats skate by Bemidji

By Journal Sports Staff

BEMIDJI, Minnesota — The Northern Michigan University hockey team picked up two needed points as they tied Bemidji State 1-1. Even though the game is officially a draw, NMU got an extra point thanks to a shorthanded goal by defenseman Jordan Klimek in the second overtime.

Now sits 8-8-1 overall, 6-4-1 and tied for third place in the WCHA, NMU goalie Mathias Israelsson made 24 saves.

Northern got on the scoreboard first on a power play tally by senior forward Robbie Payne in the opening period. The goal was Payne’s 13th of the season to end a five-game drought.

BSU tied it with 42 seconds left in the period on a Myles Fitzgerald power play goal.

Neither team could get on the board until the 3-on-3 OT session when Klimek notched his shorty by weaving around a Bemidji defender and going five-hole on Beavers goalie Michael Bitzer.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.