• LLBB 11-12 States 7/21: Muskegon Roosevelt Park 6, Negaunee 3
  • LLBB 11-12 States 7/21: Bay City Southwest 15, Norway 5
  • LLSB 9-11 States 7/21: Gladstone 16, Sparta 0
  • LLSB 9-11 States 7/21: Grosse Pointe 12, Marquette 1
6006 articles
Monday July 22, 2024
CAPTAIN CLUTCH: Vanderbeck Goals Equal Upset

This story was writtem by NMU Spoers Information

MANKATO, Minn. -
The Wildcats traveled to Mankato, Minnesota for a heavyweight bout against the Mavericks that saw the Wildcats win a thriller in overtime by a score of 3-2.

Two milestones were reached in the game, as Andrea Ghantous hit the century mark in career points (33-67-100) and AJ Vanderbeck registered goal 50 on his career (50-48-98).

The Wildcats got off to a hot start with a two-on-one two minutes into the game, but the MSU netminder made a highlight reel save to keep the 'Cats off the board early.

The 'Cats played sound defensively and took away space from the Mavericks, limiting MSU to two (2) shots and very few chances halfway through the frame. 

Mankato put the puck towards the net and a fortunate bounce landed on the stick of an MSU player with a wide open net to make it 1-0 with six minutes to go in the first.

Shortly after the 'Cats got another two-on-one, but the puck hopped over the stick of Zach Michaelis.

Despite the Wildcats having several good looks, the score remained 1-0 MSU going into the intermission. The 'Cats led 10-8 in shots.

Mankato started period two with a two-on-one of their own, but a great sliding play from captain Tanner Vescio denied the pass from getting across.

Off of some good offensive pressure, the 'Cats beat the netminder but the puck rang off the iron and the score remained the same.

Northern took a penalty halfway through the frame, Alex Frye found himself on a short handed breakaway, but was denied.

The Mavericks would go on to score on that power-play off a deflection in the slot to make the game 2-0.

The 'Cats found themselves on their first powerplay of the night just under halfway through the frame, sustained pressure but were eventually unsuccessful. 

A few minutes later and the Wildcats were on the man advantage again, this time finding the back of the net off the stick of Artem Shlaine as he found a rebound from an Andre Ghantous shot.

The 'Cats took a penalty, but AJ Vanderbeck found himself behind the defense for a breakaway and made no mistake to bury it low glove to tie the game at two.

The score remained 2-2 going into the third period, the 'Cats out shooting the 'Mavs 23-16.

The third frame started with more defense, as tight checking limited both teams offensive opportunities in the first few minutes.

The 'Cats took another penalty with about 15 minutes left and another short handed breakaway as Ghantous was all alone but couldn't convert. The Wildcats eventually kill the penalty.

A puck found its way through the wicketts of the MSU netminder, trickled out the otherside, came back through the crease again, but the 'Cats couldn't find the back of the net and the score remained tied.

MSU got a short handed breakaway of their own, but Beni Halasz shut the door and the score remained at two a piece.

A scramble in the MSU crease with three minutes to go was pounced on by the netminder before the 'Cats could deposit the puck into the net.

The Wildcats took a penalty with a minute and thirty-five seconds to go in the period and successfully bring the game to overtime.

2-2, the Wildcats led in shots 34-22.

The 'Cats thought they scored off a turnover caused by AJ Vanderbeck, but it was immediately waved off as the officials ruled Vanderbeck took a penalty to get the puck. 

The 'Cats kill a majority of the penalty before Mankato takes a penalty with 36 seconds left in the Wildcats penalty. 

AJ Vanderbeck stepped out of the box, snuck into the high slot, Andre Ghantous fed him the puck and he made no mistake to score the game winner. 

The overtime winner marked 50 goals for AJ on his collegiate career, and Andrea's primary assist elevated him to the 100 point mark in his collegiate career.
  • Andre Ghantous registered two assists, getting him to 100 career collegiate points (33-67-100).
  • AJ Vanderbeck notched two goals and the overtime game winner, getting him to 10 goals and 19 points on the season (10-9-19), and 50 goals in his career (50-48-98).
  •  Artem Shlaine recorded a goal (8), Josh Zinger (8) Mikey Colella (7) and Tanner Vescio (1) recorded assists.
Goal Summary
1st Period
13:44 - Will Hillman (MSU, 0-1), assisted by Andy Carroll and Zach Krajnik

2nd Period
8:50 - Lucas Sowder (PP MSU, 0-2), assisted by Jake Livingstone and Ryan Sandelin
17:03 - Artem Shlaine (PP NMU, 1-2), assisted by Andre Ghantous and Mikey Colella
19:07 - AJ Vanderbeck (SH NMU, 2-2), assisted by Tanner Vescio

3rd Period
No Goals

3:20 - AJ Vanderbeck (PP NMU, 3-2), assisted by Andrea Ghantous and Josh Zinger

Choose team:
No schedule entries

NMU Hockey Adds Spratt As New Assistant Coach
Tuesday July 11, 2023
Northern Michigan Releases 2023-'24 Hockey Sked
Friday May 5, 2023
CRUSHING DEFEAT: 'Cats Can't Hold Late Lead
Saturday March 18, 2023
SURVIVE & ADVANCE: 'Cats Eliminate Bemidji St.
Sunday March 5, 2023
Wildcats Win CCHA Playoff Opener Over Bemidji
Saturday March 4, 2023
COMEBACK KIDS! 'Cats Clinch Playoff Home Ice
Monday February 27, 2023
CLEANING HOUSE: Three 'Cats Get CCHA Honors
Tuesday February 21, 2023
CATS CLAW DOGS: Northern Punishes Ferris State
Friday February 17, 2023
BENI GOOSE EGG: Wildcats Pick Up Road Victory
Saturday February 11, 2023
Wildcats Top Lake State To Win Cappo Cup Series
Sunday February 5, 2023
Michigan Tech Completes Hockey Sweep Of NMU
Sunday January 29, 2023
Tech's Pietila Boys Celebate Birthday With 3-0 Win
Friday January 27, 2023
NMU Hockey Wins; Salvages Series Split In Bemidji
Saturday January 21, 2023
Northern Hockey Swept By Mankato State At Home
Saturday January 7, 2023
NMU Hockey Heads Into Holiday Break With Split
Saturday December 10, 2022
Michigan Tech Outlasts NMU To Earn Series Split
Saturday December 3, 2022
OVERTIME WINNER: Wildcats Rally Past Huskies
Friday December 2, 2022
Northern Drops Saturday Game; Settles For Split
Saturday November 12, 2022
U.P. SWEEP! Wildcats Rally Past Lake Superior, 5-3
Saturday November 5, 2022
HOCKEY SPLIT: NMU, Alaska Each Settle For One
Saturday October 29, 2022
Wildcats Erupt In 9-1 Rout Over Alaska-Anchorage
Friday October 21, 2022
DOWN TO THE WIRE: Wildcats Battle Notre Dame
Sunday October 16, 2022
NMU Wildcat Hockey Drops Opener At Notre Dame
Friday October 14, 2022
LONG ROAD TRIP: NMU Hockey Sweeps Colgate
Sunday October 9, 2022
Vanderbeck Leads Northern To Last-Minute Victory
Friday October 7, 2022
Wildcats Get Series Split With Vanderbeck OT Goal
Sunday October 2, 2022