Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ With a 3-2 lead enteringthe third period the Northern Michigan University hockey team gave up two goalsin the final 20 minutes of play to Notre Dame on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center and dropped the game by a count of 4-3. Ã‚  NMU drops to 14-11-1 overallon the season and 10-9-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Irish improve to 8-13-3 and 6-9-3 respectively.


Notre Dame took the 1-0 on a power-play goal by Mark VanGuilder at 10:13 of the first period.  Darin Olver answered with a power-playgoal of his own at 10:53 of the period for his 11th of the season. Pat Bateman and Matt Siddall assisted on the goal. 


The second period saw Andrew Contois give the â€Â˜Cats a 3-1lead as he turned the lamp on twice in the period.  His first goal, and 11thof the season, was at 4:35.  Siddall and Dirk Southern assisted.  His secondgoal of the period, and 12th of the season, came at 6:43 as hismarker was on the power play.  Nathan Oystrick and Jamie Milam assisted.


Mike Walsh cut the â€Â˜Cats lead to 3-2 when he scored hisseventh goal of the season at 12:36 of the second period.  Erika Condra tiedthe game at three-all with his fourth goal of the season at 8:42 of the thirdperiod.  Tom Sawatske scored the game-winning goal at 8:50 of the thirdstanza.  The goal was his first of the season.  The â€Â˜Cats had a chance for thewin as Notre Dameâ€Â™s Michael Bartlett was called for checking from behind andwas given five minutes on the penalty with almost four minutes left in thegame. Ã‚ 


The Irish used two goaltenders on the night.  David Brownlasted for a little over 26 minutes and gave up all three goals to the â€Â˜Cats. Jordan Pearce played 33 minutes and some change and picked up the win with 14saves.  Bill Zaniboni had 17 saves on the night. 


NMU did have four more shots than the Irish at 25-21.  Bothteams scored two power-play goals as Notre Dame had six opportunities and NMUfive.


NMU will leave the U.P. for the final time for the regularseason when they travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on the Western Michigan UniversityBroncos next weekend (Jan. 27-28).








Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director