MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ What a difference a day makes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the first time since March of 2001the Western Michigan University Broncos defeated the Northern MichiganUniversity Wildcats 6-2 at the Berry Events Center on Saturday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It wasWMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s first regular season win in Marquette since a 1-1 tie also in 2001.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 14-12-2 overall and 11-11-0 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Broncos improve to 15-13-3 and 11-10-2 in the conference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt is a big setback for sure we lost a game at home,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WaltKyle, the NMU head coach, said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThey out-played us for two nights.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Theydeserve the win for sure.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
WMU struck first with a goal at 7:34 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would then take the 2-1 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zach Tarkir scored hisfirst career goal on the power play at 18:57 of the opening period to get theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the board.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Geoff Waugh and Alex Sawruk assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ RobLehtinen scored to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the lead with his third goal of the season at 6:09 of the middle frame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois and Dave Bonk assisted.
The rest of the way was all Broncosas they would score twice in the second period and three times in the third.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU had the shot advantage with 47 shots on the night to 25 for NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Both teams had five power playopportunities as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had the only power-play goal on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ CraigKowalski started in goal for NMU and he lasted about 53 minutes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He had 34saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe did not hit guys like we hit them last night,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚Kowalski said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe played soft in our own zone and gave up too many shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas Tarkki played almost seven minutes and had seven saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have their finalnon-conference weekend next week in Detroit when they will face the Wayne StateWarriors (Feb. 13-14).