MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ It took almost 23 years, but the Miami RedHawks won a hockey game in Marquette, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The RedHawks defeated the NMU Wildcats onSaturday night 3-2 to pick up their first win at the BerryEventsCenter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was also their first win in Marquettesince Nov. 14, 1981 whennine current members of the Miamiteam were alive.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI thought that it wasa good college hockey game,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Enrico Blasi, head coach of Miami,said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI did not know that stat (about Miaminot winning in Marquette since1981).ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats fall to 10-9-1 overall and 8-8-0 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Miamiimproves to 12-8-2 and 9-4-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThey are a good team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ You knewthey were going to be a better team tonight,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle, head coach of NMU,said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe missed the net in a number ofopportunities, shot it high and over the net.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The RedHawks took a quick 1-0 leadwhen Marty Guerin scored at ofthe opening period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Gardner tiedthe game at one-all with his sixth goal of the season at of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The goal was unassisted.
Matt Maunu gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 2-1lead when he scored his first goal of his career at of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Fellow freshmen Rob Lehtinen andDarin Olver assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GregHogeboom gave the RedHawks the win as he scored the next two goals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His first goal at of the second period tied the game at two-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hogeboom scored the game-winner at 4:47 of the third period.
Neither team scored on the powerplay on Saturday.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had fivepower-play opportunities while the RedHawks had three.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The shots were also in favor of the visitorsat 36 to 24.
Craig Kowalski had 33 saves for thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe got one win against the firstplace team in the league,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kowalski said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThat is a big step for the team. It would have been nice to get thesecond one.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We split with a goodteam.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brandon Crawford-West had 22saves for the RedHawks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are back on the road toface Alaska Fairbanks in CCHA action next weekend (Jan. 16-17).