October 24, 2003

Kowalski Not Enough


ANN ARBOR, Mich

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. â€Ã‚“ Entering the game with the University of Michigan the Northern MichiganUniversity Wildcats were the only CCHA team to have a winning record at YostIce Arena with an 8-7-0record.  Craig Kowalski also lovesplaying in Yost as he has two shutouts in the building.  Kowalski turned away 55 shots, but theWolverines shot 57 times at him.  UM wonthe game 2-0 on Friday night to improve to 5-1-0 overall on the season and 2-1-0 in the CCHA.  With the loss, the â€Ã‚˜Cats dropped their secondgame in a row and are now 3-2-0on the season and 2-1-0 inconference play.

Kowalski missed the NMU record for saves in a game.  The record is 57 saves set by John Corriganin 1984 against Boston College.  But K-Wall did set a new NMU record for savesin a period with 27, which he did in the second period on Friday night.  The old mark was set by Randy Eliason with 26saves against North Dakota in thethird period in 1980.  For his play,Kowalski was given the second star of the game honors.

Eric Werner scored the first goal for the Maize and Blue at 10:06 of the first period.  UM would add a second goal in the thirdperiod by Milan Gajic at 10:19.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats penalty kill unit held UM to five of six with theextra man.  NMU had three power-play opportunitiesand could not convert. 

NMU had 19 shots on goal to UMâ€Ã‚™s 57 shots. 

The two teams will play the second game of the weekend seton Sunday afternoon (Oct. 26) at 3:05 p.m.

 

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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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