Sixty Five Minutes Not Enough
MADISON, Wis. - The first gameof the 2002 Ice Breaker Tournament in Madison turned out be a good old strugglebetween two teams who are ranked in the top 15 in this week's USAToday/American Hockey Magazine poll. Northern Michigan was ranked 11th while Boston University was ranked fifth. After 60 minutes of play the score was even at4-4. One extra five minute overtime could not decide a winner, so the game wentinto a shoot-out. Flashback, NMU and BU went three overtimes in the 1991 NCAAChampionship Game.
The first round of the shoot-out could not decide a winner, so a second roundof the shoot-out was needed. Brad Zancanaro scored what turned out to be thewinning goal in the second round of the shoot-out when Dirk Southern could notanswer for the 'Cats on his shot. The Wildcats are now 1-0-1 on the year while Boston University is 1-0-0. NMU will play the loser of the Wisconsin-RPI game onSaturday afternoon.
Jimmy Jackson score the first goal of the game for the 'Cats at 9:34 of the first period as Chris Gobert and Peter Michelutti assisted. Brian McConnellanswered for the Terriers at 14:05 of the opening period.
The second period the Terriers would score twice to take the lead after two.Bryce Cockburn scored at 15:39 on a power play to give the 'Cats a brief leadat 2-1. Mike Stutzel and Gobert assisted. The Terriers would score two goalswithin less than a minute of each other to take the lead after two periods ofplay. Zancanaro scored at 18:04 then John Laliberte scored at 19:09 to make it 3-2.
Terry Harrison and Mike Stutzel struck for two goals, both on the power play,in the third for the lead, even briefly. Harrison scored at 1:34 from Alex Sawruk and Juha Alen. Stutzel gave the 'Cats the lead at 4-3 at 7:25 of the third period from Gobert, who picked up his third assist on the evening, andJamie Milam. Jekabs Redlihs tied the game with a goal at 13:18 for BU.
NMU was four of eight on the power play on Friday while BU was one of six.Craig Kowalski went the distance for the 'Cats in goal as he had 40 saves. SeanFields in goal for the Terriers had 21 saves.