MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The NMU hockey team broke two skids on Friday night at the BerryEventsCenterin front of 3,427 fans who came in from the cold to see a hot hockey game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats snapped their three-game overalllosing slide and their two-game losing streak against Notre Dame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It took NMU almost 65 minutes of play beforeDarin Olver knocked home the game-winner in overtime for the 4-3 win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI just went to the net off the wall,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olversaid about the game-winning goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œItwas just a rebound it was hard to miss.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 11-11-1 overall on the season and 9-10-0 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Fighting Irish fall to 12-8-3 and 8-7-2 in the conference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe want to win,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle, NMU head coach,said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe are not going to play not to lose.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Jamie Milam opened the scoring forthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with a power-play goal at of the first period for his eighth of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern and Olverassisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Notre Dameanswered and took the 2-1 lead with two goals in the second period by AaronGill at and Rob Globke at 12:46.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU also would score twice in thesecond period as Nathan Oystrick turned the light on at for his fourth of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Alan Swanson and Kevin Gardner assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Bateman gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a 3-2 lead withhis third goal of the season at .ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver and Bobby Selden assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI just followed up on the play and Darin (Olver) made a good pass to me and I put it in the opennet.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was easy,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bateman said abouthis goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Globke then scored his second goalof the night and 15th for the season at of the third period to tie the game atthree-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern and Oystrickassisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver had three points on thenight (1-2-3) and was namedthe first star of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œHe was thebest player on the ice,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œHewas dangerous every time he was there.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Craig Kowalski had 21 saves on thenight to pick up the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Morgan Cey forthe Fighting Irish had 30 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams had five power-play opportunities on the night and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsscored the lone power-play goal of the night.
NMU had 34 shots on the night asthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat defense limited the Fighting Irish to 24 shots.
The two teams will square off againon Saturday night (Jan. 24) at the BerryEventsCenter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The puck will drop at