MARQUETTE, Mich. – Two special team goals were all the Wildcat hockey team needed on Friday night to defeat one of the top teams in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). NMU scored one goal in the first period and one in the second to pick up a 2-1 win over Notre Dame.
The win snapped a three-game skid against the Fighting Irish as the ‘Cats are now 9-11-1 overall and 6-9-0 in the CCCHA. Notre Dame, which entered the game tied for second in the conference with Miami, falls to 17-6-0 and 10-3-0 respectively.
NMU’s first goal was set up on a delayed penalty call. Matt Butcher scored his third goal of the season at 10:31 of the first period for the 1-0 lead. Blake Cosgrove and Billy Smith assisted. Mark Olver scored a power-play goal at 6:30 of the second period which turned out to be the game-winner, for the 2-0 lead. For Olver it was his sixth goal of the season and first career game-winning goal. Jared Brown and Matt Siddall assisted on the goal.
The Fighting Irish got on the board at 10:34 of the second period when Dan Kissel scored his sixth goal of the season. Kyle Lawson and Justin White picked up the helpers.
NMU had two more shots on goals than Notre Dame (21-19) for the game. Brian Stewart picked up the win for the ‘Cats as he turned away 18 shots. Jordan Pearce registered 19 saves for the game.
The NMU penalty kill unit shutdown the Notre Dame power play in five opportunities. NMU was 1-3 with the extra skater.
The two teams will drop the puck at 7:35 tomorrow night (Jan. 5) for the second game of the weekend series.
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