November 23, 1996

Miami Pulls Out Last-Second 4-3 Win Over Visiting Notre Dame

Oxford, Ohio (11/23/96) - Dustin Whitecotton's wraparound goal with 40 seconds remaining lifted Miami University to a 4-3 victory over visiting Notre Darne in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday at Goggin Ice Arena.

Notre Dame (4-6-1, 3-4-1 CCHA) remains tied with Western Michigan for fifth in the CCHA standings but sllpped three points behind fourth-place Lake Superior State, which downed Ferris State on Saturday to improve to 5-2-0 in league play. The Irish will have a chance to close that gap on Tuesday, Nov. 25 when they host the Lakers at the Joyce Center.

Miami (9-3-0, 7-1-0 CCHA) moved past Michigan, which played a non-conference series vs. Brown this weekend, into second place in the CCHA while Michigan State (8-2-0) maintained its spot atop the league after winning Saturday at Bowling Green.

Notre Dame -- which continued to struggle on the powerplay (converting just once in seven chances) -- had tied the game early in the third period on a goal by sophomore Brian Urick, setting the stage for Whitecotton's dramatic game-winning goal. Whitecotton received the puck after passes from Dan Boyle and Marc Tropper and skated behind the net before tucking a shot inside the right post. Notre Darne junior goaltender Matt Elsler appeared to cover the puck but White was ruled to have poked in the rebound, leading to a somewhat controversial ending in the ever-competitive CCHA.

Notre Dame jumped ahead on a powerplay goal five minutes into the game, as freshman Joe Dusbabek scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season, putting back a shot from the left circle after Miami goalie Adam Lord had saved a shot by Urick in the slot.

Miami tied the game five mlnutes later, on a 5-on-3 powerplay sltuation, as Tropper redirected a pass from the point by Josh Harrold. The Redskins then surged ahead at the 15:22 mark of the opening period when Vitali Andreev gathered in a loose puck at the left circle and skated towards the net before sending a shot under the blocker of Eisler.

The Irish tied the game early in the second period, as senior Terry Lorenz sent home a centering pass from behlnd the net by classmate Tim Harberts (4:39). A minute later, Notre Dame had a two-man advantage for 1:48 but could not convert, mustering just one shot during that stretch as the game remained tied.

The Redskins went back in front late in the second period, as Copeland put back his own shot from close range (16:58) for the second Redskins powerplay goal of the game.

Miami enjoyed a 14-3 shot advantage durlng the second period, with Eisler saving 21 of 24 shots In the first 40 minutes to keep the Irish close heading into the final period.

Urick scored his third goal of the weekend (also scoring twice in a 5-3 win Friday at Bowling Green) after taking a drop pass from junior Lyle Andrusiak and sending home a low shot from the top of the right circle at the 3:55 mark of the third period.

NOTRE DAME     1    1    1    -    3
MIAMI          2    1    1    -    4
1st - 1. ND - Dusbabek (Urick, Cotnoir) PP, 5:00; 
      1. UM - Tropper (Harrold, Boyle) PP 5-3, 9:51; 
      2. UM - Andreev (Buzzell) 15:22. 
2nd - 2. ND - Lorenz (Harberts) 4:39; 
      3. UM - Copeland (Robitaille, Tropper) 16:58. 
3rd - 3. ND - Urick (Andruslak) 3:55; 
      4. UM - Whitecotton (Boyle, Tropper) 19 :20.
Shots: ND 25, UM 32. 
Saves: ND (Eisler) 28, UM (Lord) 22.
Powerplay: ND 1-of-7, UM 2-of-6. 
Penalties: ND 8-for-24, UM 8-for-16.

NOTRE DAME COACH DAME POULIN: "It was frustrating to lose this way but encouraging to see us play thls well on consecutlve nlghts on the road, against two very good teams. We are glad to be playing again on Tuesday, as the players are eager to get back on the ice."

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