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MARQUETTE – Freshman goalie Atte Tolvanen made senior teammate Cohen Adair’s single goal stand up for a tie as Northern Michigan University finished in a 1-1 overtime deadlock with Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday night.
Playing at the Wildcats’ Berry Events Center, Tolvanen stopped 30 shots while his Mavericks’ counterpart Jason Pawloski had to make just 14.
MSU’s 31 total shots on goal included 13 in the second period, when each team scored, and 10 more in the third to get the game into OT.
NMU, whose record now stands at 4-3-4 overall and 3-2-2 in the WCHA, did outshoot the Mavs 3-1 in the extra five-minute period. No shootout is held this season in the WCHA.
Adair scored on a power play not quite six minutes after Minnesota State’s Brad McClure made it 1-0 with 11:50 left in the second period.
McClure’s goal came after teammate Michael Huntebrinker made a backhand drop pass to the scorer.
Adair’s goal, his second of the season, came 53 seconds after a minor penalty was called on Minnesota State (6-6-1, 5-1-1). Junior Shane Sooth and sophomore Robbie Payne picked up assists.
Adair, who got Northern its fifth power play goal in its past 10 chances, was in front of the net when he took a no-look pass from Sooth in the middle of the left circle. Adair drew the puck to his backhand side before sliding it past Pawloski.
Each team had two opportunities on the power play, though two overlapping penalties in the third period gave each team only 26 seconds of power play that period.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.