MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Saturday nightÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game at the BerryEventsCentercould be looked at in two different ways.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The first way would be that the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats paid back the Fighting Irish forthe sweep they handed the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats earlier in the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Second could be that Craig Kowalski recordedhis 12th career shutout in the 1-0 win by the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The shutout was KowalskiÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s fourth of theseason.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œFor the most part I saweverything tonight,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kowalski said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œAone goal game is a one goal game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Twopoints is two points.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The largest crowd of the season of4,052 was on hand Saturday night at the BerryEventsCenterto see the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats improve to 12-11-1overall and 10-10-0 in theCCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Notre Dame falls to 12-9-3 and8-8-2 in the conference.
The only scoring that the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsneeded on the night came off the stick of Nathan Oystrick at 16:21 of the first period for his fifth goalof the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Alex Sawruk and GeoffWaugh assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt was agreat win,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle, head coach of NMU, said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe were trying to focus on getting our level of play and quality ofplay to where we needed.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We felt if wedid that then the wins would take care of its self.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Kowalski turned away 27 shots onthe night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Brown of Notre Damegave up one goal as he had 22 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThe puck looked as big as a beach balltonight,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kowalski added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWhen it lookslike that it is easy to stop.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Fighting Irish had theadvantage on the shots with 27 to NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 23.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 0-for-3 on the power play while Notre Dame was 0-for-6 onthe night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Next weekend the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will take abreak from the CCHA rigors with a trip to face Alabama-Huntsville of CollegeHockey America.