Jan. 31, 1998
Michigan Tops Notre Dame Hockey, 5-4, in Wild Overtime Game
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Notre Dame rallied for three third-period goals--in addition to a score by senior center Steve Noble with 23 seconds left in regulation that stunningly was disallowed by the referee--but Michigan junior left wing Greg Crozier's third goal of the game proved to be the difference as the Wolverines posted a 5-4 overtime victory over the visiting Irish in emotional Central Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday at the Yost Ice Arena.
Notre Dame remains tied with Ferris State for seventh place in the CCHA standings, after FSU lost at home Saturday to Northern Michigan, 5-3. In other CCHA action Saturday, Ohio State (13-9-0) posted its seventh straight victory, 2-0 at Western Michigan, to remain a point our of fourth place in the CCHA. Bowling Green pulled out a 4-3 home win over sixth-place Lake Superior, leaving the Lakers (9-9-4) three points ahead of Notre Dame and FSU.
Michigan (22-6-1, 16-4-1) maintained a two-point lead on Michigan State (14-3-3) atop the CCHA standings, after the Spartans rolled Saturday to a 7-0 home win over Miami (12-6-3) that dropped the RedHawks into a tie with NMU (12-8-3) for third place.
WMU (4-16-1) saw its chances at making the eight-team CCHA Tournament grow even fainter while Bowling Green (3-15-2) kept alive its chances by moving a point behind 10th-place WMU (Alaska Fairbanks is ninth, at 6-16-1).
Michigan senior goaltender Marty Turco--the winningest goalie in NCAA history--stopped 16 of 17 Notre Dame shots over the first two periods but surprisingly was pulled from the game at the second intermission, after Michigan had taken a 4-1 lead. The Irish responded with a 17-shot flurry in the third period, scoring three times on senior Gregg Malicke to deny Turco his 116th career win.
Notre Dame senior Matt Eisler bounced back from a rough start to record 39 saves, moving from sixth place to third on the Irish career saves list, with 2,602. Eisler moved past Mark Kronholm (2,566, 1970-74), Bob McNamara (2,577, 1979-83) and current Alaska Fairbanks coach Dave Laurion (2,600, 1978-82). Lance Madson (3,519, 1986-90) is the Irish career saves leader, followed by Dick Tomasoni (2,756; 1968-72).
The Irish struck for two goals in a 61-second span, cutting Michigan's lead to 4-3. Sophomore center Ben Simon initiated the first goal, on the power play, sending a pass to the top of the left circle for junior right wing Brian Urick, who quickly zipped a pass across the slot. Freshman left wing Dan Carlson was perfectly positioned near the bottom of the right circle and completed the crisp passing play with a one-timer for his ninth goal of the season (8:19) and 13th point in the last 15 games.
A minute later, freshman right wing Matt Van Arkel put back a rebounded shot from Simon at the right side of the crease (9:20), Van Arkel's fourth goal of the season and his first point in the last 14 games.
The Irish tied the game on their second power-play goal, with Carlson setting up freshman defenseman Mark Eaton's flick shot from the bottom of the right circle that tucked inside the upper right corner of the net (15:45), giving Eaton his fifth goal of the season and eighth point in the last five games.
Notre Dame appeared to have scored what would have been the game-winner with 23.7 seconds left in regulation. Carlson led a charge down the left side and sent a shot on net from the top of the left circle that was saved by Malicke. Urick then attempted a backhander at the left side of the crease and the shot bounced off Mallicke into the center area of the crease. Noble then flicked the puck into the upper right corner of the net but the referee had blown the play dead for a faceoff, signaling that Malicke had covered the puck.
The visitors could not manage a shot in overtime while Michigan nearly won the game with 3:53 left in the extra session, when senior right wing Bill Muckalt whistled a shot from the top of the slot that clanged off the right post. With the clock ticking under two minutes to play, Michigan appeared to be dumping into the Irish zone when the puck hit off an official and landed near the top of the right circle. Crozier skated onto the puck and beat a screened Eisler with a low shot past Eisler's right skate (3:19).
Michigan converted on its first two power-play chances, with senior left wing Matt Herr knocking home his sixth goal of the season (3:19) before junior center Bobby Hayes notched his 18th goal at the 9:43 mark.
The game took a crucial swing in the closing moments of the first period. Simon had a breakaway chance at his fourth shorthanded goal of the season but Turco kicked Simon's backhanded shot with his left skate (18:17). Moments later, multiple rebounds produced a 3-0 Michigan lead, with Crozier sending a shot into the crease that deflected into the net (19:43).
Urick put the Irish on the board early in the second, with his 13th goal of the season and ninth in the last 12 games. Noble--who has 10 points in the last 10 games--won a leftside faceoff and knocked the puck to Urick, who one-timed a shot from the top of the left circle past Turco (4:27).
The Irish had a power-play chance late in the second period but Turco saved a point-blank shot by Eaton and the hosts responded moments after the penalty had elapsed, with Crozier taking a 3-on-2 feed from Muckalt and knocking home his own rebound (15:53).
NOTRE DAME (13-13-3, 8-10-3 CCHA) 0 1 3 0 - 4 MICHIGAN (22-6-1, 16-4-1 CCHA) 3 1 0 1 - 5
1ST: UM 1. Herr 6 (Muckalt, Hayes), PP, 3:19; UM 2. Hayes 18 (Fox, Muckalt), PP, 9:43; UM 3. Crozier 6 (Rominski, Kosick) 19:43.
Shots: ND 10-7-17-0/34, MICH 19-12-9-4/44.