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    Jan. 24, 1998

    Notre Dame Hockey Holds on For a 5-4 Win at Bowling Green

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Junior right wing Brian Urick's fifth game winning goal of the season provided the difference in overtime as the Univerisity of Notre Dame hocket team posted its 10th road victory of the season, 5-4, over Bowling Green in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday at the BGSU Ice Arena.

    Notre Dame (13-10--3, 8-7-3) received a big boost form senior center Steve Noble, who scored two goals and assisted on a third, and freshman right wing Ryan Dolde, who netted the first goal of his career.

    The Irish have won four of their last four games versus Bowling Green, including three straight at the BGSU Ice Arena.

    Bowling Green (4-20-2, 2-14-2) twice responded to two goal deficits and ultimately forced overtime on Chris Bonvie's goal with 2:44 left in the third period.

    Urick ended the game 46 seconds into overtime, after taking a pass form Nathan Boregaand shkating into the right circle. Urick let loose a low shot that went through the legs of goaltender Shawn Timm. It was Urick's 12th goal of the season and his eighth in the last nine games.

    Junior goaltender improved to 6-1-1 on the season, making 30 saves. Three of Karr's eight career victories have come at BGSU. Falcons freshman goaltender Shawn Timm took the loss, (2-9-1) stopping 29 of 34 shots. The Irish moved ahead of Ferris State into seventh place in the CCHA, remaining a point behind OSU (a 2-0 at home Saturday against Northern Michigan). In other CCHA action, Miami beat Michigan 4-3, to jump ahead of NMU into third place. MSU moved into within a point within Michigan, using a 4-3 home win over Lake Superior to leave the fifth place Lakers just three points ahead of the Irish.

    BGSU forced overtime with its second power play goal of the game, during a 70-second two man advantage off a Ben Simon roughing penalty, which was coupled with Notre Dame having too many men on the ice. Bonvie netted the equalizer at 17:1, sending home his 10th goal of the season with a low shot from the top of the circle that found its way through the traffic into the net.

    Notre Dame struck first on its seventh shorthanded goal of the season at the 6:09 mark of the first period. Noble led the charge down the left side and left the puck for freshmanleft wing Dan Carlson, who one-times it into the net for his eighth goal of the season.

    Bowling Green matched the Irish 42 seconds later, with a poer play goal from defenseman John Hustler. Passes from Doug Schueller and Dave Faulkner set up Hustler, who netted his first goal of the season with a shot form the left circle that ended up in the corner of the net (6:51).

    The Irish stretched to a 3-1 lead with two goals in the first nine minutes of the second period. Noble notched his second point of the game at the 5:11 mark, after rifling a shot in transition from the top of the left circle that snuck between Timm and the left post. Freshman left wing Jay Kopischke fed the puck to Noble for his first point in 15 games while freshman Mark Eaton picked up his team leading 12th assist in CCHA play this season.

    The visitors stretched to a two goal lead four minutes later, on a great efffort from Dolder. Junior left wing Aniket Dhadphale set up the goal with a pass down the left side, just as he was being smashed into the wall by a BGSU defenseman. As the crowd rose to its feet to celebrate the big hit, Dolder received the puck in stride and streaked down the left side, angling into the creaseas he nudged toward the goal. Timm deflected the the puck to the right side of the crease, but Dolder was able to slap the puck into the right corner of the net as he was falling backwards toward the endline (9:12).

    The Irish converted on their second two-man advantage of the night, when Noble tipped home the puck early in the third period for his eighth goal of the season. Sophomre defenseman Tyson Fraser recoded his 12th assist of the season, sliding the puck down the blue line for junior defenseman Benoit Cotnoir. Coitnoir, who leads the Irish with 13 power-play points, then let a shot rip from the right side of the blue line and Noble tipped the blast at the top of the crease and into the right corner of the net (1:53).

    Notre Dame (13-10-3, 8-7-3 CCHA)        1   2   1   1   -   5
    Bowling Green (4-20--2, 2-14-2 CCHA)    1   1   2   0   -   4  
    

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