PLYMOUTH, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ OnValentineÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Day night in Plymouth, Mich. the Northern Michigan Universityhockey team played the role of sweethearts to the host Wayne State UniversityWarriors as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took the game 5-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was the first time in the Walt KyleEra that the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats swept on the road. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allof his goals for the season have come either against Alabama-Huntsville or Wayne State.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Gardner assisted on HunterÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zach Tarkir made it 2-0 whenhe scored a power-play goal at 12:28 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Geoff Waugh andAlan Swanson assisted on the goal.
The second period saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsscore three times in the 20 minute frame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrick scored his sixthgoal of the season on the power play to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 3-0 advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hunter and Jamie Milam assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rob Lehtinen made it 4-0 when he scored hisfourth goal of the season at 14:33.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois and Hunter assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hunter scored the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats third goal of the period at 19:35, which was his fourth of the season, on the power play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick and Darin Olver assisted onHunterÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s second goal of the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was up at this stage of the game by acount of 5-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
WSU added a goal in the secondperiod at 19:46 and in the third at 11:21 for the final margin.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 3-of-9on the power play for the night while the Warriors were 2-of-8.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The shots for the game were all evenat 25 for each team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Craig Kowalski in goal for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 23 saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hiscounterpart, Marc Carlson from WSU had 20 saves.
NMU is back in CCHA play next weekas they are home-and-home against Lake Superior.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The first game of the weekendon Friday (Feb. 20) will be at the Berry Events Center (7:35 p.m. face-off).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The action moves to Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday (Feb. 21).