February 1, 2003

'Cats Skate To Tie With Alaska Fairbanks

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. - The University of Alaska Fairbankshas yet to defeat the Northern Michigan University hockey team entering thegame on Saturday night.  That recordstill stands as the two teams skated to a 2-2 deadlock at the Berry EventsCenter.  NMU holds a 13-0-3 all-timerecord against the Nanooks.  The â€Ã‚˜Catsare now 14-10-2 on the season and 10-7-1 in the CCHA.  The Nanooks are now 9-12-5 and 6-11-5.  â€Ã‚œIt is tough to play back-to-back games,â€Ã‚ Walt Kyle, head coachof NMU, said.  â€Ã‚œWe were not taking themfor granted. I thought that defensively we played pretty well.â€Ã‚

Last night the â€Ã‚˜Cats scored eight goals.  â€Ã‚œThey played hard,â€Ã‚ Kyle added.  â€Ã‚œWe had chances that we blew over top of thenet.â€Ã‚

The â€Ã‚˜Cats jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the game.  Mike Stutzel scored his 19th goalof the season at 8:02 of the first period to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the 1-0advantage.  â€Ã‚œWe had our chances on thepower play, but the goalie played well,â€Ã‚ Stutzel said.  â€Ã‚œWe knew it would be a close game tonight.Just one or two mistakes and they capitalized.â€Ã‚ Bryce Cockburn and Jamie Milamassisted.  Dan Donnette would make thescore 2-0 in favor of the â€Ã‚˜Cats when he score his sixth goal at 2:43 of thesecond period.  â€Ã‚œWe had point blankchances that they stopped,â€Ã‚ Donnette said. Ã¢Ã‚€ÃƒÃ‚‚œOverall we played pretty solid defense.â€Ã‚ Milam picked up his secondassist on the night as Andrew Contois also assisted on the goal.

The Nanooks would come back to make the score 2-1 with agoal by Ryan Campell at 5:23 of the second period.  Cory Rask would tie the game with a goal at 7:48 of the secondperiod. 

In the extra period the Nanooks had three shots on goal tothe â€Ã‚˜Cats two.  For the game NMU had theadvantage in shots with 28 to the Nanooks 21.

Craig Kowalski went the distance for the â€Ã‚˜Cats as he had 19saves.  Neither team converted on thepower play in four chances each.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats hit the road next week to take on the Universityof Michigan in Ann Arbor (Feb. 7-8).

 

 



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Dave Faiella
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