December 22, 2004

'Cats Defeat Harvard In Shootout


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. â€Â“ After playing 60 minutesof hockey, Northern Michigan and Harvard needed some extra time to decide thefirst game at the Dodge Holiday Classic at the University of Minnesotaâ€Â™s Mariucci Arena on Wednesday night.  After 65 minutes nothing was settled, so thegame went to a shootout.  Even in the first go around of the shootout nothingwas settled as both teams had two goals in the first round of the shootout. 


Darin Olver was the first â€Â˜Cat up in the sudden death portionof the shootout and nailed his shot.  Harvardâ€Â™s, Brendan Bernakevitch shot wasoff the mark and the â€Â˜Cats escaped with the win.  For those keeping score theâ€Â˜Cats won the shootout 3-2.  The game will officially go down as a 0-0 tie.  NMUis now 9-4-4 on the season while Harvard is 9-3-2.  A bit of history was madeas this is the first time a NMU hockey team has played to a 0-0 tie in a game. 


The â€Â˜Cats will face Minnesota, the number one ranked team inthe country, in tomorrowâ€Â™s second game.  Harvard will face Merrimack in theopening game of the second day at the classic.  â€ÂœBoth teams played welltonight,â€Â Walt Kyle said. 


The â€Â˜Cats had a chance in overtime for the win, but AlanSwansonâ€Â™s shot hit the pipe.  NMU had two shots for the game go off the pipeswhile the Crimson had one.  Tuomas Tarkki had 35 saves on the night.  Hiscounterpart from Harvard, Dov Grumet-Morris had 39.  NMU had the shot advantagefor the game with a 42-37 count.  On the power play the â€Â˜Cats were 0-3 whilethe Crimson were 0-2.





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director