March 21, 2003

'Cats Drop Semifinal Game At CCHA Super Six

 

DETROIT, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The second year in a row, the NMUWildcats played in the semifinals of the CCHA Super Six.  For the second year in a row the â€Ã‚˜Cats weredefeated, but this time it was the top seed of the tournament, the CCHA regularseason champion, the Ferris State University Bulldogs by a score of 4-2 onFriday afternoon.  NMU is now 21-17-2while Ferris improves to 30-8-1.  Thisyear it is a bit different as the â€Ã‚˜Cats will play in the consolation game onSaturday against the loser of the Michigan-Ohio State game.  The game could prove to be very important asthe â€Ã‚˜Cats are clinging to NCAA Tournament hopes and a win could get them in theparty.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over the â€Ã‚˜Catswith goals by Chris Kunitz at 5:25 and 11:49 of the first period.  â€Ã‚œWe thought that we had to play better asthe game went on,â€Ã‚ Walt Kyle, the NMU head coach, said.  â€Ã‚œI thought it was a good game after theopening period.  We knew that we wouldbe tired after playing last night.â€Ã‚

Jamie Milam scored a power-play goal, for his fourth of theseason, at 3:47 of the second period to cut the lead in half.  Juha Alen assisted on Milamâ€Ã‚™s goal.  Chris Gobert tied the game at two-all withhis 15th goal of the season at 10:51 of the second period.  Andrew Contois and Terry Harrison passed thepuck to Gobert for the goal.

The Bulldogs added another goal in the second period, whichturned out to be the game-winner by Jeff Legue at 18:04 of the period(3-2).  Phil Lewandowski added aninsurance goal for the Bulldogs for the final margin at 7:45 of the thirdperiod. 

Craig Kowalski had 41 saves during the game.  His counterpart in the Ferris goal, MikeBrown, had 29 saves.  NMU converted onepower play in three opportunities while Ferris was shutout in three attempts. 

 



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