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ANN ARBOR, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The streak is over.  After winning five games in a row over theUniversity of Michigan the streak came to an end Friday night at Yost Ice Arenaby a score of 3-1.  For NMU goalie,Craig Kowalski, the streak is over also. He has been in goal for the Wildcats in all five wins.  Kowalski had two shutouts in a row duringthe streak.  The Wolverines improve to19-7-1 overall and 13-5-1 in the CCHA. The â€Ã‚˜Cats fall to 14-11-2 and 10-8-1. 

A strong point of the â€Ã‚˜Cats attack has been the powerplay.  NMU was ranked third in thecountry on the power play entering the game on Friday night.  For the second game in a row the â€Ã‚˜Cats couldnot score with the extra attacker. Friday night against Michigan the â€Ã‚˜Cats had four chances on the powerplay.

The Maize and Blue got on the board first with a goal at3:16 of the first period as Eric Nystrom scored his ninth goal of theseason.  UM would make it 2-0 whenDwight Helminen scored a goal at 4:43 of the third period.

Mike Stutzel scored his 20th goal of the seasonto get the â€Ã‚˜Cats on the board at the 11:51 mark of the third period.  Juha Alen assisted on the goal.  With the score 2-1, Helminen scored hissecond goal of the night for the final margin of the game.

The shots on goal were almost even as Michigan had one moreshot on goal than the â€Ã‚˜Cats at 22 to 21 shots. The Wolverines could not score on the power play as they were shutout infive attempts. 

Kowalski had 19 saves on the night for the â€Ã‚˜Cats.  Al Montoya was in goal for the Wolverines ashe turned away 20 shots.

The two teams will play the second game of the weekend seton Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director