Press Box


EAST LANSING, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The drought is over for the NMUhockey team, well sort of for the â€Ã‚˜Cats. First of all they finally won a game at Munn Ice Arena for the firsttime since rejoining the CCHA.  NMUdefeated MSU on Saturday night 4-2.  Also the â€Ã‚˜Cats scored their first power-play goal in over sixgames.  With the win NMU is now 16-14-2overall and 12-11-1 in the CCHA.  MSU is18-12-2 and 14-9-1.  NMU also won theirfirst road game in over a month.

 Mike Stutzel gavethe â€Ã‚˜Cats the early lead with his 22nd goal of the season at 3:29 ofthe first period.  Chris Gobert andGeoff Waugh assisted.  The Spartanswould strike twice to take the 2-1 lead, as John-Michael Liles and Lee Falardeauwould score at 12:09 and 19:50 of the first period respectively.

Peter Michelutti broke the skid, as he would score hisseventh goal of the season on the power play at 3:55 of the second period totie the game at two-all.  Bryce Cockburnand Gobert assisted.  Dirk Southernwould then score the game-winning goal at 9:30 of the second period for hisseventh of the season.  Nathan Oystrickand Jamie Milam assisted.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats final goal of the evening, to make it 4-2, wasfrom Cockburn at 1:08 of the third period for his 11th of theseason.  Andrew Contois assisted.

Craig Kowalski had 40 saves on the night and earned thefirst star for his play.  MattMigliaccio had 11 saves.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats had15 shots while the Spartans had 42.  MSUdid not score on the power play on Saturday night in six opportunities whilethe â€Ã‚˜Cats scored once in three chances.

NMU will be home for the final two weekends of the regularseason.  First up is Ohio State nextweekend (Feb. 28-March 1), as both games will drop the puck at 7:05 p.m. eachnight.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director