MARQUETTE, Mich. – Mix in one part Bill Zaniboni shutout and one part goal by Mike Santorelli and it equals a 1-0 Northern Michigan University win over the Lake Superior State Lakers on Friday night at the Berry Events Center. “It is a big win. The guys are happy, but we understand we have a big game tomorrow,” Walt Kyle said. “It was exactly the game we expected.”
The Wildcats snapped its three-game skid to improve to 12-17-2 overall on the season and 9-13-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The loss drops the Lakers to 14-12-3 and 8-10-3 respectively.
After a scoreless 20 minutes of play the ‘Cats got on the board with Santorelli’s 26th goal of the season at 12:40 of the second period. The goal was the ‘Cats first power-play goal in three games. Nick Sirota and Darin Olver assisted on the goal. “It is a huge win. These games are key,” Santorelli said. “They (LSSU) are a hard team to play against.”
Zaniboni backstopped the ‘Cats with 26 saves in recording his third shutout of the season and sixth for his career. Jeff Jakaitis of LSSU had 19 saves on the night.
NMU was 1-5 with the extra attacker while the Lakers were 0-7. LSSU had 26 shots for the night while the ‘Cats had 20.
Kyle will be going after his 100th career win in his NMU coaching career when the two teams move venues to Sault Ste. Marie and Taffy Abel Arena tomorrow night (Feb. 3).
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