March 20, 2009
DETROIT, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team looked for almost three periods as they were in the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Friday, March 20, in the first semifinal game of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Championship. Notre Dame used a goal with a minute left in the game to pull out a 2-1 win.
NMU will now play in the third-place game Saturday against the loser of the Michigan-Alaska game. The Wildcats fall to 18-17-5 overall on the season while the Fighting Irish improve to 30-5-3 and will play in the championship game.
Mark Olver was hit with two penalties just minutes into the game as the Fighting Irish cashed in their second power play of the night with a goal at 4:15 of the opening period by Kyle Lawson. The 1-0 Notre Dame lead would stand up until 18:37 of the third period when Nick Sirota scored an extra-attacker goal for his 11th of the season. Erik Gustafsson and Jared Brown assisted on the goal. It did not take long for the Fighting Irish to score the game-winning goal. NMU goaltender Brian Stewart looked as he missed handled the puck and Notre Dame’s Ben Ryan found a way to put it in the back of the net at 19:00.
The Fighting Irish had the advantage on the shots with a 36-22 edge. NMU was 0-3 on the power play while the Fighting Irish were 1-5. Stewart ended the night with 34 saves as Jordan Pearce had 21.
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