MARQUETTE, Mich. – It took Walt Kyle five games to get it done, but he finally did it as he picked up his 100th win behind the Wildcat bench with the 4-1 win over Miami tonight at the Berry Events Center. The win snapped a four-game skid for the Wildcats. It was also Senior Night as the nine seniors went out with a win in their final appearance at the Berry Events Center.
The ‘Cats enter the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Playoffs on a positive note as the team is now 13-21-2 overall and 10-17-1 in conference action. The RedHawks fall to 23-11-4 and 16-8-4 respectively. “To few and far between with those (wins). The guys came out with some emotion tonight,” Kyle said. “It is great (picking up his 100th win). I hope I am around for a lot more.”
NMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. TJ Miller scored an extra-attacker goal, for his second of the season, at 10:42 of the opening frame for the 1-0 lead. Seniors Bobby Selden and Darin Olver picked up the assists on the goal. About three minutes later, senior Dusty Collins picked up his third goal of the season at 13:32 for the two goal edge. Senior Rob Lehtinen assisted on the goal.
Mike Santorelli scored the first of his two power-play goals on the night with his 27th marker of the season at 12:16 of the second period to give the ‘Cats the 3-0 lead. Tim Hartung and Lehtinen assisted. The RedHawks made the score 3-1 with a goal by Ryan Jones at 17:05 of the middle frame.
Santorelli scored his second goal of the night and 28th of the season at 18:35 of the third period. Seniors Matt Maunu and Zach Tarkir assisted.
Senior Bill Zaniboni picked up the win as he turned away 14 shots. Another senior, Josh Hatinger, played the final 39 seconds of the game for his first action of his career. Jeff Zatkoff for the RedHawks had 25 saves on the night.
The NMU penalty-kill unit shut down the RedHawks on the night. Miami was 0-5 with the extra skater. NMU was 2-6 on the power play. The ‘Cats had the shot advantage on the night at 29-15.
NMU will be on the road next week for the first round of the playoffs.
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