December 31, 2006
Mike Santorelli's Two Goals Not Enough
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Mike Santorelli scored two third-period goals, but that was not enough as the Northern Michigan University hockey team went down to its seventh straight defeat to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Sunday by a score of 4-2.
NMU falls to 7-12-2 overall on the season and 4-9-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. ND improves to 16-3-1 and 11-2-1 respectively.
The Fighting Irish held a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by T.J. Jindra in the first period (4:22) and Garrett Regan at 4:35 of the third.
Santorelli scored his first goal of the game and 14th of the season at 6:38 of the third period which cut the lead in half to 2-1. Rob Lehtinen and TJ Miller assisted. The home team would come back to make the count 3-1 thanks to a goal by Jason Paige at 17:09.
The ‘Cats pulled goaltender Bill Zaniboni for the extra attacker and Santorelli responded with his 15th goal of the season at 19:16 (3-2). The ‘Cats were on the power play when the goaltender was pulled. Nick Sirota and Darin Olver assisted. The Fighting Irish added an empty-net marker, by Mark Van Guilder, 35 seconds later for the final margin.
NMU was 1-4 on the power play for the game. The ‘Cat penalty kill unit shutdown the Fighting Irish power play as they were blanked in six opportunities. ND had more shots than the ‘Cats at 27-18.
Zaniboni had 23 saves for the afternoon. David Brown for ND turned away 16 shots.
NMU will be at home next weekend (Jan. 5-6) when the Ferris State Bulldogs will skate at the Berry Events Center.
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