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    Jan. 3, 1998

    Notre Dame, Miami Skate To 2-2 Tie

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame hockey team outshot #4-ranked Miami University by a sizable margin for the second straight night en route to a 2-2 tie Saturday in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.

    Notre Dame (10-9-2, 5-6-2)---which owned a 35-19 shot advantage and held the CCHA's leading power-play team scoreless on two man-up chances--moved out of a tie with Ohio State (6-9-0) into sole possession of seventh place in the CCHA standings (OSU lost Saturday at Michigan, 6-0). Ferris State (6-6-3) used a 5-2 win at Northern Michigan to move two points ahead of the Irish while Lake Superior (7-5-3) used a 6-2 home win over Bowling Green to move into a tie with Michigan State (8-3-1) for fourth place, pending MSU's late game at Alaska Fairbanks.

    Miami (14-3-1, 9-3-1 CCHA) edged past NMU (8-5-2) into sole possession of second place, behind Michigan (11-2-1). The RedHawks beat the Irish 3-1 on Friday, despite being outshot 41-18.

    The Irish again played without sophomore forwards Ben Simon and Joe Dusbabek, who were busy Saturday helping the United States beat Sweden, 4-3, to claim fifth place at the World Junior Championship in Finland. Simon assisted on a goal and netted the game-winning score, giving him four points (1G, 3A) in seven games with Team USA.

    Notre Dame managed a 1-2-1 record without its star sophomore forwards, after going 0-3-0 last season when Simon was at the 1996-97 World Junior Championship.

    Notre Dame junior forwards Aniket Dhadphale and Brian Urick scored the Irish goals while two unlikely goal-producers--Jeremy Bautch and C.J. Buzzell--again tallied for the RedHawks. Miami--which received goals Friday from Joe Bodnar (his 3rd), Josh Mizerek (2nd) and Josh Harrold (3rd)--saw each of its top-eight goal scorers fail to light the lamp in the weekend action.

    Both teams changed goaltenders, with Notre Dame starting senior Matt Eisler while Miami went with sophomore Ian Olsen. Notre Dame sophomore Forrest Karr had 15 saves in Friday's loss while Miami senior Trevor Prior stopped 40 of 41 shots in Friday's win.

    Dhadphale opened Saturday's scoring late in the first period, on his team-leading 13th goal of the season and sixth power-play goal of 1997-98. Senior center Lyle Andrusiak sent the puck from behind the net into the crease and Dhadphale attempted a quick one-timer. The puck bounced across the goalmouth and Dwyer deflected it back to Dhadphale, who slammed home the score amidst the confusion for a 1-0 Irish lead (15:07).

    Miami gained a tie heading into the first intermission, as Bodnar and Dan Boyle helped set up Bautch's fourth goal of the season. Bodnar was working into the left side of the Irish zone when the puck was poked away to the trailing Bautch, who skated across the slot and flicked a backhanded shot over the glove hand of Eisler and into the upper right corner of the net (17:59).

    The Irish--who owned a 14-5 shot advantage in the opening period--surged ahead in the second period, after owning a 10-3 shot advantage in the second 20 minutes. Senior center Steve Noble set up the goal for his team-leading 14th assist of the season, winning a faceoff at the right circle and sliding the puck towards the slot for Urick, who beat Olsen with a one-timer for his ninth goal of the season and a 2-1 lead (13:28).

    Miami came on strong in the third period, owning a 11-9 edge in shots while forcing overtime on Buzzell's third goal of the season. Adam Copeland and Marc Tropper recorded assists on the equalizer, with Buzzell beating Eisler on a shot from the slot (11:29).

    Notre Dame had the only scoring chances in overtime, both coming on rocket power-play shots from the blueline by freshman defenseman Mark Eaton, following a holding penalty on Josh Mizerek. The Irish ended the game with a 42-second power play, after a cross-checking major penalty on Tom Leahy, but the hosts were unable to put a shot on goal in the closing seconds.

    Notre Dame does not return home for three weeks, when CCHA-leading Michigan comes to town on Jan. 30. The Irish next are at Alaska Fairbanks (Jan. 8-10) and then will take the next 13 days off from competition before playing at Bowling Green (Jan. 24) and Ohio State (Jan. 25).

    Scoring Summary
    Miami (14-3-1, 9-3-1 CCHA)      1   0   1   0 - 2
    Notre Dame (10-9-3, 5-6-3 CCHA) 1   1   0   0 - 2

    Goal scoring
    1st period: ND 1. Dhadphale (Dwyer, Andrusiak), PP, 15:07; MIA. 1. Bautch 4 (Bodnar, Boyle) 17:59.
    2nd period: ND 2. Urick 9 (Noble) 13:28.
    3rd period: MIA 2. Buzzell 3 (Copeland, Tropper) 11:29.
    Overtime: No scoring

    Shots: MIA 5-3-11/19, ND 14-10-9/35
    Saves: MIA (Olsen) 13-9-9/33, ND (Eisler) 4-3-10/17
    Power Plays: MIA 0-2, ND 1-5
    Penalties: MIA 5 for 13:00, ND 2 for 4:00

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