Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ For the second time in aweek a Northern Michigan University hockey player recorded a hat trick.  A weekago it was Andrew Contois, tonight it was Darin Olverâ€Â™s turn.  His three goalsled the Wildcats to a 5-2 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Olverâ€Â™sfirst career hat trick was at Michigan Tech during the 2004-05 season.  Theâ€Â˜Cats have now won three games in a row to improve to 14-10-1 overall and10-8-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).  Notre Dame fallsto 7-13-3 and 5-9-3 respectively.  â€ÂœI was not happy with our finish,â€Â Walt Kylesaid.  â€ÂœI thought for two periods we did a good job defensively.â€Â


The â€Â˜Cats took the 2-0 lead on two power play goals in thesecond period.  Patrick Murphy scored his fourth goal of the season at 1:09 toget the â€Â˜Cats on the board.  â€ÂœSometimes the bounces come and sometimes theydonâ€Â™t,â€Â Murphy said.  â€ÂœTonight I was fortunate to get the bounce.â€ÂÃƒ‚  NathanSigmund and Nathan Oystrick assisted.  Matt Siddall also scored his fourth ofthe season at 6:56 of the period.  Darin Olver and Zach Tarkir assisted. 


The third period was Olverâ€Â™s time to shine.  He scored hiseighth goal of the season 49 seconds into the period to give the â€Â˜Cats the 3-0lead.  Mike Santorelli and Matt Maunu assisted.  A little over seven minuteslater (7:53) he gave the â€Â˜Cats a 4-0 lead with his ninth marker of the season. Oystrick and Santorelli assisted.  The Fighting Irish cut the lead to 4-2 ongoals by Tim Wallace (power play) at 12:03 and Mike Walsh at 17:44.  Olveradded his 10th goal of the season at 19:34 for the final goal of thegame and the hat trick.  Santorelli and Pat Bateman assisted.  â€ÂœIt was just anunselfish play by both of my line mates,â€Â Olver said.  â€ÂœIt was a little bit ofevery body.â€Â


Bill Zaniboni had 28 saves on the night.  David Brown forNotre Dame had 11 saves.  The shots were in favor of the visitors by a 30-16margin.  NMU had four power-play opportunities while Notre Dame had six.  Eachteam had one penalty in the first period. 


The teams will square off again tomorrow night (Jan. 21) atthe Berry Events Center at 7:35 p.m.





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director