December 9, 2002

Hockey 'Cats Start Strong For Win

'CATS START STRONG FOR WIN

MARQUETTE, Mich.- The NMU Wildcats scored two goals in the first period and never lookedback as they won their fourth game in a row over the University of Michigan Wolverines by a scoreof 5-2 Friday night at the Berry Events Center. For the Wildcats this wastheir fourth win in a row over the Wolverines as three of the victories havecome in Ann Arbor at Yost Arena.Craig Kowalski has been in goal for ever one of the wins. Tonight he had 32saves and the first star of the game honors.

With the win the Wildcats are now 8-5-1 overall and 7-4-0 in the CCHA while UM is 11-3-1 and 6-2-1in the conference. "I thought that we got better as the night went,"Walt Kyle, NMU's head coach, said. "We have togenerate more shots." The 'Cats had 27 shots on goal to Michigan's 34.

Terry Harrison scored his seventh goal of the year at 1:13 of the first period to get the 'Cats onthe board first. Jimmy Jackson and Chris Gobertassisted. Justin Kinnunen followed that up with hisfirst goal of the season at 7:03 ofthe first period as Jackson andDirk Southern assisted.

UM would cut the lead to 2-1 when Jeff Tambelliniscored at 1:29 of the second period.Mike Stutzel scored on the power play at 13:37 of thesecond period to give the 'Cats the lead by two at 3-1. Bryce Cockburn andSouthern assisted.

The Wolverines would make the score 3-2 at 13:57 of the third period on a goal by BrandonKaleniecki. NMU would answer with two goals to sealthe win. Harrison scored his second goal of the night and eighth of the seasonat 15:04 to make it 4-2. Gobert picked up his secondassist of the night. The final goal of the night came at 19:13 of the finalperiod when Stutzel scored his second goal of thenight into an empty net, which was also a power-play goal. Southern and Oystrick assisted.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night (Dec. 7) atthe Berry Events Center at 7:05 p.m.

 



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Dave Faiella
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