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MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ The Wildcats continue their dominance over the Miami RedHawks in Marquette.  Jamie Milam scored twice for the â€Â˜Cats in thefirst period to key the 5-2 win over the RedHawks on Friday night at the Berry Events Center.  Miamihas only won once in Marquette andthat was back on Nov. 14, 1981when they defeated the â€Â˜Cats in Lakeview Arena in overtime 4-3. 

Miamiwas tied for first place in the CCHA entering the game on Friday night.  The RedHawks are now 11-8-2 overall on the season and 8-4-1 in the CCHA.  The â€Â˜Cats improve to 10-8-1 and 8-7-0in the conference and pick up two important points in the CCHA race.  â€ÂœWe had a good effort by a number of people,â€ÂWalt Kyle, the head coach of NMU, said. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚ÂœWe are going to have to be better tomorrow night.â€Â

Miamijumped out to a 1-0 led with a goal at 7:37of the first period.  Milam would scorethe next two goals to give the â€Â˜Cats the lead at 2-1.  His first goal came at 11:26 of the first period for his fifth of theseason.  Darin Olver assisted.  Milam then scored a power-play goal for hissixth goal of the season at 19:48 ofthe period.  Nathan Oystrick and Olverassisted.  â€ÂœWe had a good night and hopeto do it tomorrow,â€Â Milam said.

In the second period the â€Â˜Catswould add two more goals to extend their lead to 4-1.  Kevin Gardner scored his fifth goal of theseason on the power play at 7:17 ofthe period.  Milam and Oystrickassisted.  â€ÂœWe are on a bit of a rollright now. We need to keep it going,â€Â Oystrick said.  Justin Kinnunen would follow that goal upwith one of his own at 8:48 for hisfourth of the season.  Gardner and AlexSawruk assisted.  Matt Christie from Miamiwould score a power-play goal at 17:02to get the RedHawks within two at 4-2.

Dirk Southern added an insurancegoal at 4:33 of the third period forthe final margin.  The goal was hisseventh of the season.  Andrew Contoisassisted.

Craig Kowalski had 26 saves on thenight.  The RedHwaks had 28 shots on thenight to the â€Â˜Cats 25.  NMU was 2-of-3 onthe power play while Miami was2-of-6. 

The two teams will play the secondgame of their weekend set tomorrow night at the Berry Events Center.  The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director