The #3 St. Cloud State Men's Hockey team (19-6-4) officially skated to a 5-5 tie at #15 Western Michigan (14-13-2) Friday night in Kalamazoo, Michigan -- but then scored in the 3-on-3 overtime to earn an extra point in the NCHC standings.

In a back and forth contest, the Huskies tied the game at 5-5 on a goal by Mika Ilvonen (3) with just 49 seconds left in the game, after pulling goalie Jeff Smith to gain the extra attacker. Jimmy Schuldt scored in the 3-on-3 OT session.

The rest of the scoring for St. Cloud State came from Mika Ilvonen (2), Easton Brodzinski (11), Ryan Poehling (8), and Jimmy Schuldt (7). The Huskies outshot the Broncos 48-33.

NCAA rules call for a single 5-on-5 overtime period, but leave conferences the ability to add an additional 3-on-3 OT session, followed by a shootout. The NCAA officially recognizes any game tied after the initial 5-on-5 OT as a tie, but the NCHC can (and deos) award standings points for winning the game in the 3-on-3 overtime or in the shootout.

NCHC Standings

NCHC.com

Game two of the weekend series is tonight at the Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan with the puck set to drop at 6:05 PM CT (Radio: KZRV 96.7 FM).

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