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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ It was Senior Night at the BerryEvents Center on Saturday night before the hockey game with Notre Dame.  One senior stepped up and had a big game inthe Wildcats 4-1 win over the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  The win clinched home ice for the firstround of the CCHA Playoffs, which will start next Friday (March 14) and is abest two-of-three series.  NMU is now18-16-2 on the season and 14-13-1 in the CCHA. Notre Dame falls to 15-15-6 and 13-12-3.  What does home ice mean to a team like NMU.  â€Ã‚œIn my opinion real beneficial to us as weplayed well here all year,â€Ã‚ Walt Kyle, head coach of NMU, said.  â€Ã‚œAny team plays better at home.  But we have been stronger at home than onthe road.â€Ã‚

Bryce Cockburn one of the seven seniors honored before thegame tallied his second career hat trick in the Berry Events Center and histhird overall career hat trick.  â€Ã‚œI amjust happy that we won,â€Ã‚ Cockburn said. Ã¢Ã‚€ÃƒÃ‚‚œWe needed home ice advantage for the playoffs.â€Ã‚ Dirk Southern scoredthe opening goal of the game to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead at 18:51 ofthe first period.  The goal was hisninth of the season as Andrew Contois and John Miller assisted.  Cockburn would score the next three goals ofthe game.

His first goal and his 13th of the season came at17:09 of the second period on the power play which made the score 2-0.  Fellow seniors Chris Gobert assisted alongwith Peter Michelutti.  Goal number twocame at 8:27 of the third period for his 14th of the season.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats were rolling at this at this stageof the game 3-0.  Southern and fellowsenior Mike Stutzel assisted on the goal. His third and final goal of the game came at 12:29 of the third period,which was his 15th of the season to make the score 4-0.  â€Ã‚œFor Bryce (Cockburn) to come in on a nightlike this and do what he did is outstanding,â€Ã‚ Kyle added. Ã‚  Nathan Oystrick and Stutzel assisted.

John Wroblewski would get the Fighting Irish on the boardwith his 17th goal of the season at 14:26 of the third period.

Craig Kowlaksi was bidding for his ninth career shutout, butfell short in his quest. â€Ã‚œIt is huge that we got home ice,â€Ã‚ Kowalski said.  â€Ã‚œWe are not a very good road team.â€Ã‚ÃƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  He did end up with 34 saves on thenight.  â€Ã‚œK-wall stood on his headtonight,â€Ã‚ Cockburn added.  Morgan Ceyhad 19 saves.  NMU had 23 shots for thegame while Notre Dame had 35.  On thepower play the â€Ã‚˜Cats were 1-4 while the Fighting Irish were 0-5.




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Dave Faiella
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