March 7, 2003

'Cats Could Not Pick Up Win Against Notre Dame

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Wildcats knew coming into theweekend that they had to win at least one game against Notre Dame to have homeice for the CCHA First Round.  Wellafter Friday night the â€Ã‚˜Cats still have one more game to pick up the win.  The Fighting Irish defeated the â€Ã‚˜Cats onFriday night at the Berry Events Center by a count of 3-2.  NMU is now 17-16-2 overall and 13-13-1 inthe CCHA.  Notre Dame improves to15-14-6 and 13-11-3.

The Fighting Irish jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Matt Amadoand Jake Wiegand scored goals in the first period at 6:39 and 13:39respectively.  Alan Swanson would makethe score 2-1 when he scored his eighth goal of the season at 15:42 of thefirst period.  Kevin Gardner and AndrewContois assisted.  â€Ã‚œThey worked hard andyou have to give them credit,â€Ã‚ Walt Kyle, head coach of NMU, said.  â€Ã‚œYou get what you deserve and they did agreat job.â€Ã‚

Chris Gobert, on the power play, tied the game at two-allwith his 11th goal of the season at 6:10 of the second period.  Bryce Cockburn and Jimmy Jacksonassisted.  â€Ã‚œIt is hard to take.  We knew coming into the weekend we had toget one win,â€Ã‚ Gobert said.  â€Ã‚œThe seriesis a huge series.  Tonight Notre Damewas the better team.â€Ã‚ The Fighting Irish would get the game-winner at 13:19 ofthe second period on a goal by Tim Wallace. NMU had control of the third period with eight shots to three for NotreDame. 

Craig Kowalski had 19 saves on the night for the â€Ã‚˜Cats.  Morgan Cey for Notre Dame backstopped 21shots.  On the power play the â€Ã‚˜Cats wereone for five while the Fighting Irish were blanked in three attempts.  Shots were almost even as NMU had one moreshot than Notre Dame (23-22).

The two teams meet again on Saturday night (March 8) at theBerry Events Center at 7:05 p.m.

 



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