HUNTSVILLE, Ala.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The NorthernMichiganUniversity hockey team enteredunknown territory on Friday night at the Von Bruan Center in Huntsville, Ala.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was the first time that the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would play a College Hockey America(CHA) team on the road.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Entering thegame on Friday night the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 4-0 all-time against the CHA.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats scored the first three goals of the game and thenheld on to defeat the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 3-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win NMU won their third game in a row and improved to 13-11-1 on the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UAH is now 9-9-1.
NMU scored two goals in the first period to get on the boardquick.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern opened the scoringfor the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with a goal at ofthe opening period, for his eighth of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Ciancio and Bobby Selden assisted on thegoal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Geoff Waugh made it 2-0 when hescored his first career goal at of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern andCiancio assisted.
Kevin Gardner made it 3-0 when he scored a power-play goalat of the second period for hisseventh of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Alex Sawruk andWaugh assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers would cutthe lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal by Grant Selinger at 16:22 of the period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The final score of the night came at 19:22 of the third period on a goal by CraigBushey of UAH.
Craig Kowalski had 22 saves for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Scott Munroe for the Chargers backstopped 25shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams had one power-playgoal as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 1-of-4 and UAH was 1-of-6.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 28 shots to the home teamÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 24 on thenight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ciancio, Southern and Waugh allended the night with two points each.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The two teams will play the second game of thenon-conference weekend set tomorrow afternoon at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.