Fri. Final: N. Michigan 3, UW Hockey 2
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Mark Olver came through in a big way Friday night in Northern Michigan's upset victory over No. 14 Wisconsin.
Olver's second goal and third point of the game broke a 2-2 tie, and Northern Michigan ended a seven-game winless streak by beating the Badgers 3-2.
"I think he was outstanding," Wildcats coach Walt Kyle said. "And he's been outstanding for 15 games."
Olver scored 1:43 into the third period with a backhand shot between Wisconsin goaltender Shane Connelly's pads to give the Wildcats the lead for good and a rare road victory.
"I can't remember our last win on the road," Olver said.
That's not surprising because it was last season, when the Wildcats knocked Michigan State out of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.
The Badgers outshot the Wildcats 35-19, but Northern Michigan goaltender Derek Janzen, making his first appearance of the season, made 33 saves.
Janzen was academically ineligible for the first semester, Kyle said.
The Wildcats (4-12-3) had won only once in their last 15 games before Friday.
Tom Gorowsky and Derek Stepan scored for the Badgers (10-8-3), who had a seven-game unbeaten streak end.
"I'm not really sure what happened, but as a group of individuals we weren't ready to play," Gorowsky said.
Olver helped set up the tying goal in the first minute of the second period, then scored on his own to give the Wildcats the lead.
He fed Gregor Hanson from the side of the net for a power-play goal 38 seconds after the intermission to tie the game at 1-1.
Thirty-five seconds later, Olver drove up the right wing and had his shot bounce off a skate and into the net.
But Wisconsin's Stepan responded later in the second period with a nice solo effort for a shorthanded goal that forced a 2-2 tie.
Stepan eluded Northern Michigan defensemen Ben Lindemulder and Derek May before tucking a shot under Janzen's right arm.
It was the first shorthanded goal the Wildcats allowed this season and the fourth scored by the Badgers.
Shane Connelly made 16 saves for the Badgers, who got a first-period goal from Gorowsky.
Northern Michigan beat Wisconsin for the first time in seven meetings since the Wildcats left the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for the CCHA in 1997.
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