MARQUETTE, Mich. – Josh Hatinger, the Northern Michigan University hockey team’s third goaltender, made the most of his time on the ice against the USNTDP U-18 squad in an exhibition game Friday night at the Berry Events Center. He turned away 22 shots and assisted on the game-winning goal by Mike Santorelli at 4:31 of the overtime period as the Wildcats won the game 5-4. “I just drove wide and beat their guy and luckily got it over his shoulder,” Santorelli said about the game-winning goal.
Nick Sirota gave the ‘Cats the early 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 1:14 of the first period. Darin Olver and Zach Tarkir assisted. The U-18’s would add two goals later in the period to take the 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Colin Wilson scored both goals, on the power play, in the period at 4:48 and 14:01.
At the 18 minute mark of the second period, Tarkir tied the game at two-all with a power-play goal. Rob Lehtinen and Sirota assisted. Andrew Sarauer gave the ‘Cats a 3-2 lead at 5:42 of the third period. Olver and Matt Siddall assisted.
The U-18’s would take over the lead with two goals later in the period. Wilson scored his third goal of the game at 11:42 of the final frame to tie the game at three. James vanRiemsdyk gave the U-18’s the 4-3 lead at 13:57. Olver then tied the game a little over three minutes later (17:32). Siddall and Sarauer assisted.
For Hatinger it was the first time in his NMU career that he played a whole game. “It felt really good to get a win. Especially Mike (Santorelli) is my roommate and got the game-winning goal,” Hatinger said. “I just really appreciate all the support the fans give me.”
John Kyle directed the ‘Cats tonight as Walt Kyle and John Olver were both on the recruiting trail. “He (Hatinger) made some big saves,” Kyle said. “He won the game for us.”
Each team scored two power-play goals on the night. NMU had six opportunities while the U-18’s had seven. The ‘Cats ended the game with four more shots than the U-18’s (30-26). Josh Unice had 25 saves on the night for the U-18’s.
NMU will take some time off for Christmas and then jump back into conference play Dec. 30-31. The ‘Cats will take on Notre Dame after the break. The game on the 30th will be played in Ft. Wayne, Ind. before moving to Notre Dame on the 31st.
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