MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ For the second time in aweek a Northern Michigan University hockey player recorded a hat trick.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A weekago it was Andrew Contois, tonight it was Darin OlverÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s turn.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His three goalsled the Wildcats to a 5-2 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ OlverÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™sfirst career hat trick was at Michigan Tech during the 2004-05 season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜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).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Notre Dame fallsto 7-13-3 and 5-9-3 respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œI was not happy with our finish,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Walt Kylesaid.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œI thought for two periods we did a good job defensively.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats took the 2-0 lead on two power play goals in thesecond period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Patrick Murphy scored his fourth goal of the season at 1:09 toget the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the board.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œSometimes the bounces come and sometimes theydonÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™t,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Murphy said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œTonight I was fortunate to get the bounce.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NathanSigmund and Nathan Oystrick assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Siddall also scored his fourth ofthe season at 6:56 of the period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and Zach Tarkir assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The third period was OlverÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s time to shine.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He scored hiseighth goal of the season 49 seconds into the period to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the 3-0lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorelli and Matt Maunu assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A little over seven minuteslater (7:53) he gave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 4-0 lead with his ninth marker of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick and Santorelli assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Fighting Irish cut the lead to 4-2 ongoals by Tim Wallace (power play) at 12:03 and Mike Walsh at 17:44.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olveradded his 10th goal of the season at 19:34 for the final goal of thegame and the hat trick.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Santorelli and Pat Bateman assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œIt was just anunselfish play by both of my line mates,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Olver said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œIt was a little bit ofevery body.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚
Bill Zaniboni had 28 saves on the night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Brown forNotre Dame had 11 saves.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The shots were in favor of the visitors by a 30-16margin.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had four power-play opportunities while Notre Dame had six.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Eachteam had one penalty in the first period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The teams will square off again tomorrow night (Jan. 21) atthe Berry Events Center at 7:35 p.m.