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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ Craig Kowalski led the â€Ã‚˜Cats on thenight for his ninth career shutout, which is a new NMU career mark as he wastied with Dan Ragusett.  Kowalski registered 34 saves on the night ashe also earned the Perani Cup first star honors as heleads the CCHA with 29 points. Ã‚ 

Alex Sawruk, a native of the Soo, loves to play in front of his hometown crowd.  He scored the first goal for the â€Ã‚˜Cats whichturned out to be the game-winner at the 4:37mark of the second period for his first goal of the season.  His line mates on the night, Kevin Gardnerand Alan Swanson assisted on the goal.  NMUwon the game by a 3-0 score, which snapped the â€Ã‚˜Cats two-game losing skid.  NMU is now 6-7-0 overall on the season and 5-6-0 in the CCHA. The Lakers fall to 4-5-4and 2-5-2 in the conference.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats dodged a bullet in the second period when theLakers had a five-on-three power-play and could not convert that into a goal totie the game as the Lakers had a couple of good looks. Sawrukâ€Ã‚™sgoal was the lone score in the period, but after 40 minutes of play the Lakershad 22 shots while the â€Ã‚˜Cats only had 12. 

The â€Ã‚˜Cats second goal of the night came when Darin Olver turned the light on 10 seconds into the third periodfor his sixth goal of the season to make it 2-0 in favor of the visitingteam.  Nathan Oystrickassisted on the goal. 

Former Laker Andrew Contois put the final nail in the coffin with his fifthgoal of the season at the 17:15 markof the third period to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats their third goal on the night.  Assisting on the goal were Dirk Southern and Olver.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at the Berry Events Centerin Marquette.

Highlights of tonightâ€Ã‚™s game can be viewed at




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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director