Press Box


FAIRBANKS, Alaska â€Â“ Four times zones away the Northern Michigan Universityhockey team played a game on Friday night and the road woes continued for theâ€Â˜Cats.  Entering the game on Friday theâ€Â˜Cats were 5-0-1 all-time in Fairbanks, Alaskaand 13-0-3 all-time against the Nanooks.  The Nanooks byscoring a first period goal defeated the â€Â˜Cats 1-0.  The shutout was the second time this seasonthat the â€Â˜Cats were held scoreless.  Theother time was against Michiganon Oct. 24, 2003. 


NMU is now 3-8-1away from Marquette for the 2003-04season.  Overall the â€Â˜Cats are now 10-10-1 on the season and 8-9-0 in the CCHA.  UAF is 10-11-0 and 9-8-0in the conference.


The only scoring of the game came at 17:09 of the opening period when Cam Keith scored an evenstrength goal for the Nanooks. 


NMU had seven shots in the first period followed by 11 inthe second and 19 in the third for a total of 37 for the game.  UAF had 36 shots for the game as they had 11in the first period, 14 in the second and 11 in the third.  Craig Kowalski had 35 saves on the night andwas named the second star of the game for his play.  Preston McKay went the distance for the hometeam as he registered 37 saves on the night.


NMU had two power-play opportunities on Friday night.  The Nanooks had three power-playchances. 


The two teams will drop the puck on Saturday night for thesecond game of the weekend set.