MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ By looking at the numbers the Northern Michigan University hockey teamprobably should have not won the game on Friday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats received twofirst period goals and added one in the second period for the 3-2 win over theWestern Michigan Broncos.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats improve to 14-11-2 overall and 11-10-0 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Broncos fall to 14-13-3 and 10-10-2 in the conference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI thought that we played well in the first period and did notplay well after that,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle, NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s head coach, said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe got sloppy, theyare a dangerous team and came at us.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Patrick Murphy gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the1-0 lead when he scored his third goal of the season at 17:55 of the opening period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Ciancio and Dusty Collins assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver wouldthen score a shorthanded goal, at 10:12 of the period, for his 10thof the season to make it 2-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Justin Kinnunen assisted. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œDarin did a goodjob for us,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe need that out of him on a consistent basis.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Broncos made it 2-1 with a goalby Paul Szczechura at 4:45 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver then scored his secondgoal of the night and 11th of the season at 15:49 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ OlverÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s second goal gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the lead at 3-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt would have beennice to get one (a hat trick),ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI was not worrying about it atall.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bobby Selden and Pat Bateman assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU would narrow the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats leadto 3-2 when Szczechura scored his second goal of the night at 2:19 of the third period.
WMU out-shot the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the nightby a 32-18 count.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Craig Kowalski had 30 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI made thesaves that I had to,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kowalski said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt got a little scary at the end.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUwas shutout on the power play in five chances, while WMU had nine opportunitiesand scored once.
The two teams will play theirsecond game of the weekend set tomorrow night at 7:35 p.m. and the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚