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MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ Saturday nightâ€Â™s game at the Berry Events Centercould be looked at in two different ways. The first way would be that the â€Â˜Cats paid back the Fighting Irish forthe sweep they handed the â€Â˜Cats earlier in the season.  Second could be that Craig Kowalski recordedhis 12th career shutout in the 1-0 win by the â€Â˜Cats.  The shutout was Kowalskiâ€Â™s fourth of theseason.  â€ÂœFor the most part I saweverything tonight,â€Â Kowalski said.  â€ÂœAone goal game is a one goal game.  Twopoints is two points.â€Â

The largest crowd of the season of4,052 was on hand Saturday night at the Berry Events Centerto see the â€Â˜Cats improve to 12-11-1overall and 10-10-0 in theCCHA.  Notre Dame falls to 12-9-3 and8-8-2 in the conference.

The only scoring that the â€Â˜Catsneeded on the night came off the stick of Nathan Oystrick at 16:21 of the first period for his fifth goalof the season.  Alex Sawruk and GeoffWaugh assisted on the goal.  â€ÂœIt was agreat win,â€Â Walt Kyle, head coach of NMU, said. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚ÂœWe were trying to focus on getting our level of play and quality ofplay to where we needed.  We felt if wedid that then the wins would take care of its self.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 

Kowalski turned away 27 shots onthe night.  David Brown of Notre Damegave up one goal as he had 22 saves on the night.  â€ÂœThe puck looked as big as a beach balltonight,â€Â Kowalski added.  â€ÂœWhen it lookslike that it is easy to stop.â€Â

The Fighting Irish had theadvantage on the shots with 27 to NMUâ€Â™s 23. The â€Â˜Cats were 0-for-3 on the power play while Notre Dame was 0-for-6 onthe night. 

Next weekend the â€Â˜Cats will take abreak from the CCHA rigors with a trip to face Alabama-Huntsville of CollegeHockey America.



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director