Press Box

NMU gives Loss to 1st place OSU

November 7, 2003


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan Universityhockey team grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first period of action and held onto defeat the top team in the CCHA, the Ohio State Buckeyes, by a score of 2-1on  Friday night in front of 3,348 peopleat the Berry Events Center.  With the winthe â€Ã‚˜Cats are now 4-3-0overall and 3-2-0 in theCCHA.  The first place Buckeyes fall to 6-4-0 and 5-2-0 in the conference. With the win the â€Ã‚˜Cats snapped a three-game losing skid and a two-gameCCHA skid. 


Justin Kinnunen, gave the â€Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead, as heopened the contest by scoring his first goal of the season at 6:48 in the first period.  Kinnunenâ€Ã‚™s goal was assisted by AndrewContois. 


Jamie Milam tallied the game-winning goal and made the score2-0 in favor of the home team with his third goal of the season at 15:28 of the first period.  Milamâ€Ã‚™s goal was unassisted.   Milamsaid, â€Ã‚œOSU is a very respected team, but any time they come to our building, itâ€Ã‚™sto our advantage because this place is so great with support.â€Ã‚


Craig Kowalski was also a huge help to the Wildcatsbackstopping eight saves in the first period to leave the Buckeyes scoreless atthe first intermission intermission.


In the second period both teams came out scrappy andaggressive, but the only team to score would be the Buckeyes.  OSUâ€Ã‚™s Paul Caponigri poked in the loan goal onthe night for Scarlet and Gray at 5:36of the second period.  Dan Knapp and DaveSteckel would assist on the goal to get the Buckeyes within one at 2-1.


The dueling goaltenders both came up big for theirrespective teams.  Kowalski had 31 saveson the night, including 14 in the third period. He earned first star of the game honors for his play.  Mike Betz turned away 21 shots on the nightas he had nine in the final 20 minutes. He was the second star of the game.


Neither team could convert on the power play on Fridaynight.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats had three opportunitiesand the Buckeyes were scoreless in four tries. 


The two teams will conclude their two-game set on Saturdaynight at the Berry Events Center at 7:35 p.m.