Press Box

January 23, 2003

January 23, 2003


MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ The NMU hockey team broke two skids on Friday night at the Berry Events Centerin front of 3,427 fans who came in from the cold to see a hot hockey game.  The â€Â˜Cats snapped their three-game overalllosing slide and their two-game losing streak against Notre Dame.  It took NMU almost 65 minutes of play beforeDarin Olver knocked home the game-winner in overtime for the 4-3 win.  â€ÂœI just went to the net off the wall,â€Â Olversaid about the game-winning goal.  â€ÂœItwas just a rebound it was hard to miss.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 

The â€Â˜Cats are now 11-11-1 overall on the season and 9-10-0 in the CCHA.  The Fighting Irish fall to 12-8-3 and 8-7-2 in the conference.  â€ÂœWe want to win,â€Â Walt Kyle, NMU head coach,said.  â€ÂœWe are not going to play not to lose.â€Â

Jamie Milam opened the scoring forthe â€Â˜Cats with a power-play goal at 10:26of the first period for his eighth of the season.  Dirk Southern and Olverassisted on the goal.  Notre Dameanswered and took the 2-1 lead with two goals in the second period by AaronGill at 9:17 and Rob Globke at 12:46. 

NMU also would score twice in thesecond period as Nathan Oystrick turned the light on at 13:05 for his fourth of the season.  Alan Swanson and Kevin Gardner assisted.  Pat Bateman gave the â€Â˜Cats a 3-2 lead withhis third goal of the season at 18:28.  Olver and Bobby Selden assisted.  â€ÂœI just followed up on the play and Darin (Olver) made a good pass to me and I put it in the opennet. Ã‚  It was easy,â€Â Bateman said abouthis goal. 

Globke then scored his second goalof the night and 15th for the season at 6:29 of the third period to tie the game atthree-all.  We would now go to overtime.

With about 44 seconds left in theovertime period Olver scored the game-winner for his ninth goal of theseason.  Southern and Oystrickassisted.  Olver had three points on thenight (1-2-3) and was namedthe first star of the game.  â€ÂœHe was thebest player on the ice,â€Â Kyle said.  â€ÂœHewas dangerous every time he was there.â€Â

Craig Kowalski had 21 saves on thenight to pick up the win.  Morgan Cey forthe Fighting Irish had 30 saves on the night. Both teams had five power-play opportunities on the night and the â€Â˜Catsscored the lone power-play goal of the night.

NMU had 34 shots on the night asthe â€Â˜Cat defense limited the Fighting Irish to 24 shots.

The two teams will square off againon Saturday night (Jan. 24) at the Berry Events Center.  The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director