PLYMOUTH, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Friday the 13th was not that unlucky for the Wildcats in thesuburbs of Detroit.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats opened up a close game with two third periodgoals against the Wayne State Warriors of College Hockey America (CHA) atCompuware Arena on Friday night in a non-conference affair.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held a 2-0lead after 40 minutes of play and the Warriors made it 2-1 with a goal abouthalfway through the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Goals by Alex Sawruk and Matt Hunter closedthe door on the Warriors on the night as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats pulled out a 4-1 win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 6-0-1 all-timeagainst the CHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 15-12-2 overall as WSU falls to 6-19-2 on the season.
Geoff Waugh scored his second goalof the season at 4:16 of the opening period to get the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the boardfirst.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Patrick Murphy and Matt Ciancio assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Bateman madeit 2-0 with a power-play goal for his fourth goal of the season at 17:26 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam and Nathan Oystrick were given the credit for thehelper.
The Warriors made it 2-1 with agoal by Matt Boldt at 10:25 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Sawruk added a power-playgoal at 11:32 which was followed up by HunterÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s goal at 15:06 of the third period for the final margin.
Craig Kowalski playing in the rinkwhere he played his junior hockey career had 25 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MarcCarlson for WSU had 32 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 36 shots on goal for the 60minutes while WSU had 26.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 2-of-6 with the extra man while theWarriors were 1-of-7 on the power play.
ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The two teams will squad off againon ValentineÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Day night at Compuware Arena at 7:05 p.m. in Plymouth, Mich. forthe second game of the weekend series.