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PLYMOUTH, Mich. â€Â“ OnValentineâ€Â™s Day night in Plymouth, Mich. the Northern Michigan Universityhockey team played the role of sweethearts to the host Wayne State UniversityWarriors as the â€Â˜Cats took the game 5-2.  It was the first time in the Walt KyleEra that the â€Â˜Cats swept on the road.  With the win NMU is now 16-12-2 overalland WSU is 6-20-2.


Matt Hunter opened the scoring lessthan two minutes into the game at 1:48 for his third goal of the season.  Allof his goals for the season have come either against Alabama-Huntsville or Wayne State.  Kevin Gardner assisted on Hunterâ€Â™s goal.  Zach Tarkir made it 2-0 whenhe scored a power-play goal at 12:28 of the first period. Ã‚  Geoff Waugh andAlan Swanson assisted on the goal.


The second period saw the â€Â˜Catsscore three times in the 20 minute frame.  Nathan Oystrick scored his sixthgoal of the season on the power play to give the â€Â˜Cats the 3-0 advantage. Hunter and Jamie Milam assisted.  Rob Lehtinen made it 4-0 when he scored hisfourth goal of the season at 14:33.  Andrew Contois and Hunter assisted. Hunter scored the â€Â˜Cats third goal of the period at 19:35, which was his fourth of the season, on the power play.  Oystrick and Darin Olver assisted onHunterâ€Â™s second goal of the night.  NMU was up at this stage of the game by acount of 5-0. 


WSU added a goal in the secondperiod at 19:46 and in the third at 11:21 for the final margin.  NMU was 3-of-9on the power play for the night while the Warriors were 2-of-8. 


The shots for the game were all evenat 25 for each team.  Craig Kowalski in goal for the â€Â˜Cats had 23 saves.  Hiscounterpart, Marc Carlson from WSU had 20 saves.


NMU is back in CCHA play next weekas they are home-and-home against Lake Superior.  The first game of the weekendon Friday (Feb. 20) will be at the Berry Events Center (7:35 p.m. face-off).  The action moves to Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday (Feb. 21).







Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director