Press Box


OXFORD, Ohio â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team must have done something right on Friday night at Miami University to defeat the top team in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA)and the second ranked team in the country.  For the first time this season theâ€Â˜Cats came back after being down after two periods of play to win the gameagainst the RedHawks, 2-1.  NMU is now 11-9-1 overall on the season and 7-7-1in the CCHA.  Miami falls to 13-3-3 and 10-2-1 respectively.


Entering the game on Friday night the â€Â˜Cats were 0-7-0 whenthe opponent leads after two periods of play.  After playing a scoreless firstperiod, the RedHawks scored a power-play goal at 17:29 of the second period byRyan Jones for the 1-0 lead.


Two third periods goals were the difference for the â€Â˜Cats. Mike Santorelli tied the game at one-all with his seventh marker of the seasonat 4:04.  Darin Olver assisted.  Olver then scored the game-winner a littlemore than 11 minutes later (15:14), also for his seventh of the season.  Thegame-winning goal was his third of the season, which leads the team.  PatBateman and Nathan Oystrick assisted.


Bill Zaniboni had a career-night with his 43 saves.  CharlieEffinger for the RedHawks had 22 saves.  Miami had 44 shots while the â€Â˜Cats had24.  The RedHawks were 1-6 on the power play while the â€Â˜Cats were 0-5.


The two teams will square off again at Goggin Ice Arenatomorrow night (Jan. 7) for the second game of the weekend set.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director