MARQUETTE, Mich. – It was Mark Olver who defeated the Lake Superior Lakers Friday night at the Berry Events Center. Olver scored both goals in the Wildcats 2-1 overtime win over the Lakers. In the process the ‘Cats picked up three points in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) standings which puts them in a tie for fourth place with the Alaska Nanooks. NMU could move up in the standings or drop depending what happens tomorrow against the Lakers and a couple of other games in the CCHA. The top four teams receive a first-round bye in the CCHA Playoffs.
With the win the ‘Cats improve to 16-11-8 overall on the season and 12-9-6-3 in the CCHA. Lake Superior falls to 15-15-5 and 10-14-3-2 respectively.
Olver’s first goal of the game was scored at 7:05 of the first period for his 18th of the year. Assisting on the goal were Andrew Cherniwchan and Justin Florek. NMU would hold the 1-0 lead until 12:29 of the third period when Simon Gysbers knocked home an unassisted goal for the Lakers to even the score at one-all.
Olver then scored the game-winner 3:55 into the overtime period, for number 19 on the season. Jared Brown and Florek assisted on the goal. Olver took four shots on the night as two were goals. Brian Stewart turned back 27 shots as Brian Mahoney-Wilson recorded 18 saves for the Lakers.
NMU for the game recorded 20 shots for the game while the Lakers had 28. The ‘Cats during the game had the puck hit the post three times. Neither team scored a power-play goal as each side had three chances.
The two teams will square off for the second game of the weekend tilt tomorrow night (Saturday, Feb. 27) with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m.
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