Nov. 18, 2005
OXFORD, Ohio - Junior Marty Guerin's (Lansing, Mich.) fourth goal of the season with 2:55 left in the third period gave Miami University (6-2-1, 5-1-1 CCHA)) a 2-2 tie with Notre Dame (3-5-1, 2-2-1 CCHA) on Friday and moved the 11th-ranked RedHawks into a first-place tie with the idle Michigan Wolverines in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
After a scoreless first period, Notre Dame jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second with a pair of power-play goals just over one minute apart. With senior Stephen Dennis (Toronto, Ontario) in the penalty box for interference, Mark Van Guilder scored his second goal of the year at 3:48. Just 1:01 later, Josh Sciba found the back of the net for the seventh time with sophomore Brad Robbins (West Bloomfield, Mich.) in the box for high sticking.
The RedHawks cut the Fighting Irish lead in half with a power-play tally of their own at the 6:36 mark of the third. Guerin dug the puck out of the corner and fed it back to senior Andy Greene (Trenton, Mich.) at the left point, who quickly moved the puck in the direction of junior Matt Christie (Ajax, Ontario) at the bottom of the right circle. After having what looked like a goal called back midway through the first period, Christie was the recipient of a lucky bounce as the puck ricocheted off the blade of his skate and behind Notre Dame's David Brown for his first goal of the year.
In search of the equalizer, Miami turned up the intensity of its forecheck late in the third period and the aggressiveness paid off at the 17:05 mark. Sophomore blueliner Mitch Ganzak (Canton, Mich.) intercepted a breakout pass to the right of the Notre Dame net and wired a pass into the slot, onto the tape of Guerin's stick, who one-timed it past Brown. His team-leading fourth goal of the year brought the crowd at Goggin Ice Arena to its feet, and more importantly, sent the game to overtime, though neither team could muster a goal.
Sophomore Charlie Effinger (Belleville, Ill.) made 21 saves for Miami, while Brown turned away 29 shots for Notre Dame. Effinger's record moved to 3-0-1 with Brown going to 1-3-1. For Effinger, the tie marked the end of his personal seven-game winning streak.
NOTES: Van Guilder's goal at 3:48 of the second snapped Miami's streak of 31 consecutive penalties killed ... SO G Charlie Effinger is unbeaten in his last eight starts (7-0-1) ... Miami outshot Notre Dame 31-23 ... the last time Miami tied a game was Mar. 5, 2005 at Ohio State (2-2).