Northern Michigan's Jared Brown scored 1:57 into the overtime period as the Wildcats rallied for a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team this Friday (Jan. 21) evening in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) outing at NMU's Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.
Ferris State appeared on its way to victory as senior left wing Mike Fillinger (Grand Ledge) tallied his fifth of the season with 3:46 remaining in regulation to snap a scoreless tie. However, Ferris State's one-goal lead would be short-lived as Northern Michigan would send the contest into overtime with 1:57 left in the third period on Justin Florek's equalizer via a wrist shot from above the slot.
In the extra session, Jared Brown capitalized on a three-on-two skater advantage with a shot from inside the left circle which sailed past senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) into the Bulldog net.
The series opener was deadlocked into a scoreless struggle for more than two and half periods as both Nagle and NMU goaltender Reid Ellingson each made a number of saves to prevent either team for getting on the scoreboard.
Ferris State would finally break through as Mike Fillinger tapped in the puck from outside the Wildcats' goal crease on a centering pass from junior center Jordie Johnston (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Freshman defenseman Scott Czarnowczan (Macomb) would also pick up an assist on Ferris' lone lamplighter as the Bulldogs would claim a 32-24 shots on goal advantage.
Pat Nagle (11-9-4) would compile 22 saves while Reid Ellingson accumulated 31 stops for the Wildcats.
FSU's overall record falls to 11-11-4 and 8-9-3-2 in the CCHA while Northern Michigan improves to 10-11-4 overall and 8-7-2-0 in CCHA play to date.
The weekend CCHA series between the Bulldogs and Wildcats concludes this Saturday (Jan. 22) evening with opening faceoff set for 7:35 p.m. (EST) in Marquette, Mich.
Following this weekend's action, Ferris State returns home on Thursday, Jan. 27, to host the Michigan State Spartans in Big Rapids, Mich. Opening faceoff is at 7:35 p.m. (EST) for the contest and fans have a special BOGO (Buy One, Get One) opportunity to purchase one ticket at $16 and get the second ticket free of charge. Those fans wishing to take advantage of the BOGO ticket special must contact the FSU Athletics Ticket by calling (231) 591-2888.
Notes: Ferris State played in its seventh overtime game . . . The Bulldogs are 1-2-4 in extra-session outings this campaign . . . Mike Fillinger extended his goal-scoring streak to two games (2-0=2) with FSU's lone lamplighter and has produced a point in three of his last four appearances . . . Fillinger has racked up four (2-2=4) third-period points this season . . . Three of the last four meetings against Northern Michigan have been overtime encounters with the Bulldogs posting a 0-2-1 record . . . Jordie Johnston attained double-digit points in a season for the first time in his FSU career with a first assist in the game and has compiled 10 points (4-6=10) in 24 outings this campaign.