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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ For the second year in a row theWildcats swept their opponent in the first round of the CCHA Playoffs.  This year it was the Western MichiganBroncos who went down in two games as they lost on Saturday night to NMU at theBerry Events Center by a score of 6-4. With the win the â€Ã‚˜Cats look forward to a return trip to The Joe for theCCHA Super Six, which will start on Thursday (March 20) and the squad also wontheir 20th game of the season (20-16-2).  WMU ends the season with a 15-21-2 record. 

The power play was clicking for the â€Ã‚˜Cats early on as theyscored their first two goals with the extra man.  Terry Harrison scored first at 5:48 of the first period for his15th goal of the season. Juha Alen and Jimmy Jackson assisted. Ã¢Ã‚€ÃƒÃ‚‚œEverybody was doing the little things right tonight and capitalizingwhen we needed,â€Ã‚ Harrison said. â€Ã‚œIt all came down to battling hard and we gotthe lucky bounce tonight.â€Ã‚ÃƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚‚  The secondpower-play goal came when Alen scored at 8:52 of the opening period, for hisfourth goal of the season, to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the 2-0 lead.  Andrew Contois and Harrison assisted.  â€Ã‚œWe came out early and scored in the firstand that helped us,â€Ã‚ Walt Kyle, head coach of NMU, said.  WMU would cut the NMNU lead to 2-1 when theBroncos scored at 4:13 of the second period. Harrison made it 3-1 with his 16th goal of the season at 5:01 of thesecond period.  Chris Gobert and Contoisassisted.  WMU would score two goals inabout four minutes to tie the game at three-all after two periods of play.

The third period saw Jackson score on the power play at the12:52 mark to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead for good at 4-3.  â€Ã‚œYou always want to end on a positive note,â€Ã‚Jackson said.  â€Ã‚œIt was a good game forus.â€Ã‚ÃƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚‚  Seniors, Gobert and Bryce Cockburnassisted.  Mike Stutzel would then scorethe first of his two empty net goals on the night.  His first empty netter came at 18:41 to make it 5-3.  Cockburn and Alen assisted.  The Broncos would then bring the game towithin one at 5-4 with a goal at 19:06 of the final period.  About 52 seconds later (19:58), Stutzelnotched his second empty net goal, which was also a power-play goal, for thefinal margin.  After Stutzel scored hissecond empty net goal, the NMU fans threw their shakers and litter onto theice.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats were called for delay ofgame and the Broncos were awarded a penalty shot.  Josh Akrightâ€Ã‚™s penalty shot was turned away by Craig Kowalski.  So, the game ended and the â€Ã‚˜Cats are goingto The Joe for the CCHA Super Six. â€Ã‚œWe found a way to win in the third when thegame was tied.  Thatâ€Ã‚™s what good teamsdo,â€Ã‚ Kyle added.

NMU was four of six on the power play while WMU was one ofsix.  Kowalski had 27 saves on thenight. 

The teams advancing to the CCHA Super Six will be reseededfor the tournament.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats shouldknow on Sunday who they will play in the quarterfinals.






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Dave Faiella
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