BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan hockey teamfound out on Saturday night what a difference a day makes.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Friday night the ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 33 shots on goalin the 3-1 win over the Bulldogs.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Saturdaynight it was a different story as Ferris State earned the split with a 5-1win.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 18 shots on goal in theloss as the Bulldogs had 35 shots on goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 11-10-1 on the season and 9-7-0 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris improves to 17-6-1 and 12-3-1.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 2-0 in the first periodon goals by Derrick McIver at 3:36 and Chris Kunitz at 14:06.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Peter Michelutti would score a power playgoal at 18:25 to narrow the gap to 2-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Stutzel and Bryce Cockburn assisted.
Ferris State then would score three un-answered goals to putthe game away. In the second period Greg Rallo at 9:23 and Brett Smith at 15:53both scored a power play goal to widen the Bulldog lead to 4-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The final goal of the night came at 4:42 ofthe third period as Rallo scored his second goal of the game for the finalmargin.
Craig Kowalski started the game in goal for the Wildcats ashe lasted a little over two periods of play (44:42).ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He had 24 saves on the night with five goals against.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas Tarkki played a little over 15minutes (15:18) and had six saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MikeBrown picked up the win for the Bulldogs with his 17 saves.
NMU will be home next weekend (Jan. 24-25) to host fromCollege Hockey America (CHA) Alabama-Huntsville.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers are in first place in the CHA.