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EAST LANSING, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The â€Ã‚˜Cats first game of the New Year was arude awakening for the boys as they were defeated by the Michigan StateSpartans on Friday night by a score of 7-2. The Spartans had a 3-0 lead entering the third period before the hometeam scored four times in the final 20 minutes. The â€Ã‚˜Cats only scores of the game came in the third period.  NMU is now 8-8-1 overall and 6-7-0in the CCHA.  MSU improves to 11-9-1 and 8-4-1 in the conference. 

The Spartans would score twice inthe first period on goals by Kevin Estrada and Chris Lawrence.  Jim Slater would make it 3-0 with a goal at 10:51 of the second period. 

Estrada scored his second goal ofthe game to make it 4-0 at 1:24 ofthe third period.  Pat Bateman would getthe â€Ã‚˜Cats on the board with a power-play goal at 3:00of the period for his second goal of the season.  Dirk Southern and Darin Olver assisted on thegoal.

The Spartans would add three moregoals in the period from Drew Miller, A.J. Thelen and Estrada picked up histhird goal of the night at 16:51.  Dave Bonk would then score his second goal ofthe season at 18:10 for the finalmargin.  Alex Sawruk and Bobby Seldenassisted on the goal.

MSU scored twice on the power playon the night in eight chances while the â€Ã‚˜Cats converted one power-playopportunity in seven chances.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats were called for 20penalties and 64 penalty minutes for the game, which was their highest totalfor the season.  Last seasonâ€Ã‚™s high waswhen the â€Ã‚˜Cats were whistled for 22 penalties and 74 penalty minutes at Michigan(2/8/03).  Dusty Collins, Geoff Waugh and Matt Cianciowere all given 10 minute misconduct penalties in the third period.  The Spartans were called for 18 penalties and52 penalty minutes on Friday night.

Craig Kowalski started in goal forthe â€Ã‚˜Cats as he gave up four of the seven goals in a little over 41 minutes ofplay.  He had 28 saves on the night.  Tuomas Tarkki playing a little over 18minutes gave up three goals.  Heregistered two saves on the night.  MattMigliaccio was between the pipes for State as he had 30 saves for thegame. 

MSU had 37 shots on the night tothe â€Ã‚˜Cats 33. 

The two teams will square off inround two of the weekend set tomorrow night (Saturday, January 3) at Munn IceArena.


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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director