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MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Ã‚“ Craig Kowalski seems to come up big when he has to and on Saturday nightat the Berry Events Center he came up big once againfor his Ã‚  11th career shutoutin blanking the Michigan Tech Huskies by a score of 2-0. Ã‚  It was Kowalskiâ€Ã‚™s third shutout in the pastfour games.  With the win the â€Ã‚˜Catspicked up the Ramada Cup.  The firstthree games of the series against the Huskies this season all went intoovertime.  With the win the â€Ã‚˜Cats are now8-7-1 overall while Tech is 3-9-4.

Alan Swanson scored the first goalof the game which turned out to be the game-winner at 19:52 of the first period. Alex Sawruk assisted on the goal. Ã¢Ã‚€ÃƒÃ‚‚œThings are clicking right now and I canâ€Ã‚™t explain it,â€Ã‚ Sawruksaid.  â€Ã‚œIt feels good and we are justwinning.â€Ã‚ Sawruk has five points over the past two weekends.

Justin Kinnunen scored an insurancegoal at 6:45 of the third period forthe final margin of the game.  JamieMilam assisted.  â€Ã‚œI would like to giveTech a lot of credit as three of the four games went into overtime,â€Ã‚ Walt Kyle,head coach of NMU, said. â€Ã‚œI think that we were better in our defensive zonecoverage tonight.â€Ã‚

Kowalski on the night had 29saves.  Cam Ellsworth for Tech had 18saves on the night.  Both teams had fourpower-play opportunities and came up empty.

NMU will not be back in actionuntil January 2-3 when they will face Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.




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Dave Faiella
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