MARQUETTE, Mich. – Darin Olver scored his first game-winning goal of the season on Friday night as the Northern Michigan University hockey team won its second game in a row. NMU received two goals in the first and third frames for the 4-1 win over the Falcons of Bowling Green State University. “We have to do a better job of staying out of the box,” Walt Kyle said. “That broke up the flow.”
Mike Santorelli scored his team-leading 21st goal of the season on the power play at 3:46 of the first period to give the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead. Matt Butcher and Zach Tarkir assisted. Olver then scored the first of his two goals on the night to give NMU the 2-0 lead at 8:10 of the period. For Olver it was his ninth goal of the season as Pat Bateman and Nick Sirota assisted. “It was not a 4-1 game it was pretty even,” Olver said. “We did not play the game we needed to play tonight to be successful.”
Olver knocked home his second goal of the night and 10th of the season at 1:26 of the third period to give the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead. Alan Dorich and Mike Santorelli assisted. Tomas Petruska scored for the Falcons at 8:36 to cut the NMU lead to 3-1. Zach Tarkir capped the scoring with his fourth goal of the season at 15:24. Santorelli and Matt Siddall assisted.
NMU gave BGSU 10 power-play opportunities on the night as the ‘Cats were whistled for 12 penalties. On the other hand the ‘Cats converted one power-play opportunity in eight chances.
Bill Zaniboni had 21 saves on the night. “He played a very solid game and made timely saves,” Kyle said. Jimmy Spratt for the Falcons turned away 22 shots. NMU outshot BGSU by a 26-22 count.
The Falcons and the ‘Cats will drop the puck again tomorrow night (Jan. 20) at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.
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