OXFORD, Ohio - Scoring three goals in the third period, Western Michigan overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 overtime tie at Miami Saturday night, before going on to claim the extra point in the standings by winning the shootout.
After a scoreless first 35 minutes of the game, the RedHawks broke through when Monte Graham popped in a rebound late in the second stanza. The third period then saw the two teams erupt for five goals, with Miami doubling its lead only 37 ticks into the third period on a Ryan Savage breakaway.
The Broncos broke through with freshman Ty Glover's second goal in as many nights midway through the third, but the RedHawks answered right back minutes later. WMU then struck twice in a span of 2:30, the first coming from junior Jamie Rome, which was his first career goal, while a Ronnie Attard one-timer from the blue line leveled the game.
Both teams had several chances to score in overtime, but both Miami's Ludvig Persson and WMU's Alex Aslanidis made key saves. In the shootout, the Broncos scored in both the first two rounds, while Aslanidis denied both Miami attempts to grab the extra point.
The Broncos leave Oxford with a five-point weekend and sit only one point behind Colorado College for seventh place in the NCHC. The RedHawks are now tied with Denver for fifth place after their one point. Next weekend, WMU hosts No. 6/7 St. Cloud State, while Miami welcomes No. 5/5 Minnesota Duluth.
DULUTH, Minn. - Junior defenseman Nick Perbix scored in overtime for the only goal of the game to give No. 6/7 St. Cloud State a 1-0 win over No. 5/5 Minnesota Duluth Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena. With the win, SCSU leaves Duluth with a five-point weekend and a six-point cushion in first place in the NCHC over second-place UMD.
Regulation was a goalie duel, with SCSU senior David Hrenak stopping all 27 UMD shots he faced in the first 60 minutes, while adding one more save in overtime to record his first shutout of the season and 10th of his career, setting the SCSU all-time record. The Bulldogs went 0-for-4 on the power play in the game, while UMD freshman Zach Stejskal turned aside 20 shots in defeat, including 17 to keep a shutout through regulation.
Perbix then did all the work in overtime, tallying a highlight-reel goal by going coast-to-coast and using a nifty move to nutmeg a UMD skater before scoring the game-winner 3:58 into the extra session.
The Huskies look to continue their success when they head to Kalamazoo for two games at Western Michigan next weekend. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, travel to Ohio for two games at Miami next Friday and Saturday.