SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team kept its home ice playoff hopes alive on Friday night at TaffyAbel Arena with a 4-3 OT win over the Lake Superior State Lakers in the firstgame of the home-and-home weekend series.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats who were 1-4-1 in theirpast six Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) games before tonight hada 3-2 lead after two periods of play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It is also the first NMU win in OT thisseason.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 17-14-2 overall and 11-12-2 in theCCHA.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU falls to 15-10-6 and 11-10-4 respectively.
The Lakers struck first with a goal a minute into the gameby Matt Restoule.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU would strike for two goals in about a minute.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ DirkSouthern tied the game at one with his 11th goal of the season at8:41 of the first period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nick Sirota gave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Catsthe 2-1 lead at 9:42 of the opening frame with his third goal of the season.Rob Lehtinen and Nathan Sigmund assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Sigmund turned around in the second period and gave theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the 3-1 lead with his third goal of the season at 10:12.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrickand Geoff Waugh assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dominic Osman cut the lead to 3-2 with his ninthgoal of the season on the power play at 12:01.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers scored the lone goalof the third period at 11:41 by Colin Nicholson, a short-handed marker to tiethe game at three.
With less than a minute left in the overtime period, DarinOlver took the puck away in the Lakers zone and scored the game-winner at 4:05for his 13th of the season. The goal was unassisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For Olver itwas his fifth game-winning goal of the season.
Shots were almost even on the night as the Lakers had onemore than the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats (35-34).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 0-3 on the power play while the home teamwas 1-6. Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bill Zaniboni picked up the win for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats as he had 32 saves onthe night for his 13th win of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jeff Jakaitis turned away30 shots for the Lakers.
The action shifts to Marquette, Mich. for tomorrow nightÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s(Feb. 18) game at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.