'Cats Let One Slip Away
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The NMUhockey team let one slip away on Saturday night at Lake Superior State University.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were in command of the game as they held a 2-0 lead about half waythrough the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But the Lakers struck at 11:23 of the third period to make the score 2-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Then with the extra attacker the Lakers tied it upat two-all with 30 (19:30) seconds left in regulation.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had two shots inthe extra five minutes, while the home team had one.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The game would end in atwo-all tie.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU entered the weekend chasing a home ice playoff spot, but onlypicked up one point for the two games.
NMU is now 16-13-3 overall for the season and 11-12-1 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU is 7-16-7 and 5-14-5 in the conference.
Rob Lehtinen opened up the scoring on the night with hissixth goal of the season at 6:22 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dusty Collins and JamieMilam assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That would be the only scoring in the game untilAndrew Contois also scored his sixth of the season at 9:55 of the third periodto give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 2-0 lead.
LSSU made it 2-1 when Alex Dunn scored at 11:23 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers tied the game when they pulled their goaltenderJeff Jakaitis for the extra attacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The gamble paid off as LSSU scored agoal by Tim Krueckl at 19:30 of the third frame to send the game intoovertime.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The goal stood up as neither team could turn the light on in theextra period.
Craig Kowalski came back from his performance of Fridaynight to pick up 35 saves and the first star of the game honors.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jakaitisbackstopped 33 shots on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had one power play opportunity on thenight and could not convert while the Lakers were shutout in four chances.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats go to Bowling Green, Ohio to take on the Falcons ofBGSU next weekend.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Saturday game (Feb. 28) is the Fox Sports-CCHA Game ofthe Week.