Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ What a difference a day makes.  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.  It wasWMUâ€Â™s first regular season win in Marquette since a 1-1 tie also in 2001.

The â€Â˜Cats are now 14-12-2 overall and 11-11-0 in the CCHA.  The Broncos improve to 15-13-3 and 11-10-2 in the conference.  â€ÂœIt is a big setback for sure we lost a game at home,â€Â WaltKyle, the NMU head coach, said.  â€ÂœThey out-played us for two nights.  Theydeserve the win for sure.â€Â

WMU struck first with a goal at 7:34 of the first period.  The â€Â˜Cats would then take the 2-1 lead.  Zach Tarkir scored hisfirst career goal on the power play at 18:57 of the opening period to get theâ€Â˜Cats on the board.  Geoff Waugh and Alex Sawruk assisted on the goal.  RobLehtinen scored to give the â€Â˜Cats the lead with his third goal of the season at 6:09 of the middle frame.  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. WMU had the shot advantage with 47 shots on the night to 25 for NMU. 

Both teams had five power playopportunities as the â€Â˜Cats had the only power-play goal on the night.  CraigKowalski started in goal for NMU and he lasted about 53 minutes.  He had 34saves on the night.  â€ÂœWe did not hit guys like we hit them last night,â€ÂKowalski said.  â€ÂœWe played soft in our own zone and gave up too many shots.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ Tuomas Tarkki played almost seven minutes and had seven saves. 

The â€Â˜Cats have their finalnon-conference weekend next week in Detroit when they will face the Wayne StateWarriors (Feb. 13-14).



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director