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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“Northern Michigan University (2-0, 2-0 CCHA) hockey team will be sendingBowling Green State University (0-2, 0-2 CCHA) back to Ohio with a winlessrecord for the start of the season as they defeat them for a second time at theBerry Event Center on Saturday night. The Wildcats outscored the Falcons 6-3 in the final contest of theseries in front of a crowd of 3,521.

Northern Michigan jumped out to aquick 1-0 lead on a goal by Dirk Southern, his first of the season, at 1:48 of the first period.  Pat Bateman and Nathan Oystrick assisted on thegoal.  Bateman had his first career goalon a power play at 6:48 of theopening period, which was assisted by Tom Stone and Dirk Southern. At 10:53 Darin Olver answered with his first careerNMU goal, to up the score 3-0.  AssistingOlverâ€Ã‚™s goal was Geoff Waugh and Rob Lehtinen.

Dusty Collins also came through for the â€Ã‚˜Cats, scoring hisfirst goal of his Wildcat career to give the home team the 4-0 lead.  Bowling Greenâ€Ã‚™sKevin Bieksa scored at 12:39 toclose the period at 4-1.

Bowling Greencame out in the second period playing aggressive scoring their final two goalsfor the night making the score 4-3.  DonMorrison scored 54 seconds into the second period.  Dâ€Ã‚™Arcy McConvey assisted the goal.  Rich Morrison would chalk up the final pointfor BGSU at 14:43, which wasassisted by Mark Wires and Brian Escobedo.

This would not fluster NMU, for Kevin Gardner answered oneof the goals at 14:43, marking hisfirst goal of the season.  Andrew Contoisassisted the much needed goal to put the score at 5-3. Coach Walt Kyle said,â€Ã‚œThis was a big time play for us, Andy poked the puck out from behind to beatthe guy, chipped it up to Gardner and he got it, he owed us a goal, and gave itto us.â€Ã‚  

In the third period at 19:41,Olver scored his second goal for the night and season, on an empty net, makingthe final score to the contest 6-3.

Craig Kowalski was aggressive between the pipes for thesecond night in a row, playing the entire game and making 38 saves.

Jordan Siagalet was in goal for the Falcons as he turnedaway 15 shots for the night. Bowling Green out shot Northern Michigan with a 41 to 21 count.

Northern Michigan converted two oftheir four power play opportunities; while the Falcons could not convert any ofthe five opportunities they were given.

Northern Michigan will have home iceadvantage for their next game as they will face Michigan Tech on Friday nightOctober 17 at 7:30 p.m.