March 1, 2008
'Cats Tie Lakers, But Cappo Cup Back In Marquette
MARQUETTE, Mich. – It took the Northern Michigan University and Lake Superior State University hickey teams 65 minutes on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center to play to a 2-2 draw. The Lakers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play before the Wildcats answered with two goals in the final frame. With the tie the ‘Cats bring the Cappo Cup back to Marquette.
The ‘Cats end the regular season at 15-17-4 overall and 12-13-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). LSSU enters the playoffs 9-18-7 and 7-15-6 respectively.
After a scoreless first period of action the Lakers struck twice in the second period for the lead. LSSU’s first goal was on the power play as Simon Gysbers found the back of the net at 7:10. A little over two minutes later (9:38) Troy Schwab gave the Lakers the two-goal edge.
Matt Siddall scored his own power-play goal at 5:33 of the third period to cut the LSSU lead in half (2-1). For Siddall it was his 14th goal of the season. Andrew Sarauer and Erik Gustafsson assisted on the goal. Billy Smith tied the game with his third goal of the season at 7:52. Gustafsson picked up his second assist on the night.
The overtime period saw the ‘Cats take the only two shots on goal. LSSU had a three-shot edge in shots at 34-31 for the game. The ‘Cats were 1-5 on the power play while the Lakers were 1-6.
Between the pipes, Brian Stewart for NMU had 32 saves while his counterpart Pat Inglis for LSSU had 29.
NMU will host the Ohio State Buckeyes in this year’s first round of the CCHA Playoffs beginning Friday (March 7) at the Berry Events Center. It is a rematch of last year’s first round CCHA Playoffs when the ‘Cats after dropping the first game of the series, came back to defeat the Buckeyes. The series is a best two-of-three with the winner advancing in the CCHA Playoffs. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.
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