The Tigers got goals to start and end the period, but Michigan Tech scored one in the middle to keep a one-goal lead heading into the third.
CC defenseman Nate Prosser’s goal just more than two minutes into the period was a wrist shot from the right half-wall.
The goal by Michigan Tech’s Tyler Shelast happened just as the Huskies’ power play expired and CC left wing Addison DeBoer was hustling back into the Tigers’ defensive zone. The penalty kill got overextended and Shelast was able to score a redirect goal from Bachman’s doorstep.
With less than three minutes left in the period, goaltender Rob Nolan made a clutch save with his right arm on a shot from Jimmy Kilpatrick from the end line. Nolan’s defenseman collapsed into the crease to keep the puck from being poked into the goal.
Scoreless on their first two power plays, the Tigers converted on their third with only 34 seconds left in the period. Kilpatrick earned his 100th career point when he got the puck in the left circle, took a moment to pick his spot and unleashed a wrist shot that beat Nolan gloveside. Not a bad way to join the Century Club, Jimmy.
Altogether, it was a much better period for the Tigers. But will it be enough?