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MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ It took almost 23 years, but the Miami RedHawks won a hockey game in Marquette, Mich. The RedHawks defeated the NMU Wildcats onSaturday night 3-2 to pick up their first win at the Berry Events Center.  It was also their first win in Marquettesince Nov. 14, 1981 whennine current members of the Miamiteam were alive.  â€ÂœI thought that it wasa good college hockey game,â€Â Enrico Blasi, head coach of Miami,said.  â€ÂœI did not know that stat (about Miaminot winning in Marquette since1981).â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 


The â€Â˜Cats fall to 10-9-1 overall and 8-8-0 in the CCHA.  Miamiimproves to 12-8-2 and 9-4-1. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚ÂœThey are a good team.  You knewthey were going to be a better team tonight,â€Â Walt Kyle, head coach of NMU,said.  â€ÂœWe missed the net in a number ofopportunities, shot it high and over the net.â€Â


The RedHawks took a quick 1-0 leadwhen Marty Guerin scored at 1:25 ofthe opening period.  Kevin Gardner tiedthe game at one-all with his sixth goal of the season at 14:14 of the first period.  The goal was unassisted.

Matt Maunu gave the â€Â˜Cats the 2-1lead when he scored his first goal of his career at 6:13 of the second period. 


Fellow freshmen Rob Lehtinen andDarin Olver assisted on the goal.  GregHogeboom gave the RedHawks the win as he scored the next two goals.  His first goal at 16:09 of the second period tied the game at two-all.  Hogeboom scored the game-winner at 4:47 of the third period.


Neither team scored on the powerplay on Saturday.  The â€Â˜Cats had fivepower-play opportunities while the RedHawks had three.  The shots were also in favor of the visitorsat 36 to 24.


Craig Kowalski had 33 saves for thegame.  â€ÂœWe got one win against the firstplace team in the league,â€Â Kowalski said. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚ÂœThat is a big step for the team. It would have been nice to get thesecond one.  We split with a goodteam.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  Brandon Crawford-West had 22saves for the RedHawks. 


The â€Â˜Cats are back on the road toface Alaska Fairbanks in CCHA action next weekend (Jan. 16-17).




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director