Northern Michigan skated to a 0-0 tie against Harvard in the opening game of the Dodge Holiday Classic Wednesday night in Minneapolis and then won in a sudden-death shootout on a goal by sophomore Darin Olver.
Senior goaltender Tuomas Tarkki made 33 saves for the Wildcats (9-5-4) while Harvard's Dov Grumet-Morris stopped 37.
Officially, the game is recorded as a tie per NCAA rules.
Luck ran out Thursday night as No. 1 Minnesota won the tournament for the sixth year in a row with a 4-1 win over the Wildcats. Olver's second-period power-play goal was all Northern Michigan could muster against Minnesota goaltender Kellen Briggs.
Tarkki made 37 saves in defeat.