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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan UniversityWildcats (1-0, 1-0 CCHA) defeated the Bowling Green State University Falcons(0-1, 0-1 CCHA) on Friday night at the Berry Events Centerby a score of 2-1 as 3,013 fans witnessed the victory and the great defense thatthe â€Ã‚˜Cats displayed on the night.  It wasthe opening game of the 2003-04 season for both teams.


Craig Kowalski was the star of the game, playing the entiregame in goal and making 27 saves. Kowalski was proud of the defensive efforts put forth by his team. â€Ã‚œTheyplayed great, everyone was on, there wasnâ€Ã‚™t one time we were trapped in ourzoneâ€Ã‚¦they blocked shots, they got the puck out, they did a great job,â€Ã‚Kowalsaki said.


Not only was the defense on top of their game, the offensewas on top of their skates as well. Patrick Murphy put the puck past Jordan Sigaletâ€Ã‚™s glove at 9:50 of the first period, for his first goal ofthe season. Ã‚  Dirk Southern and JohnMiller assisted on the goal, to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead.  Bowling Greenâ€Ã‚™sSteve Brudzewski tied the game scoring the loan goal for the Falcons at 17:09 of the opening period.  Alex Rogosheske and Ryan Minnabarrie assistedon the goal.


NMU continued to dominate the ice as Kevin Gardner and JamieMilam assisted on Andrew Contois goal 53 seconds into the second period.Contois, like his teammate, Murphy found Sigaletâ€Ã‚™s glove opening and slippedthe puck past the BGSU goaltender.


Sigalet was the only goalie to see time for Bowling Green and he finished the game with 30 saves.  Neither team could muster anything on thepower play as BGSU had five chances and the â€Ã‚˜Cats had two.


In the Falcons last efforts to tie the game, they pulledtheir goalie with 43 tics left to the third period.  Northernâ€Ã‚™s defense remained strong to securethe first win of the series.  Coach WaltKyle was proud of the leadership displayed by the veterans of the team. â€Ã‚œAtcritical times the older guys found a way to settle us down and inject someleadershipâ€Ã‚¦they were good in critical situations,â€Ã‚ Kyle said.


The Wildcats will face the Falcons on Saturday, October 11,for the second game of the series at the Berry Event Center.  Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. eastern time.