MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Justin Kinnunenwho is playing in his last weekend at home as a Wildcat had two points on agoal and an assist to lead the NMU to a 3-2 win over the visiting Ferris StateUniversity Bulldogs on Friday night at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the winthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats improve to 17-4-2 overall and 12-13-2 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris falls to 15-17-3 and 10-16-1 in the conference.
The Bulldogs struck first with a goal at 19:43 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would score three goals in a row to take the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ PatBateman scored the first goal, for his sixth of the season, to tie it atone-all at 4:28 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kinnunen assisted on BatemanÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s goalbefore he scored a power-play goal for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats at 9:44 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For Kinnunen it was his fifth goal of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe have got to getback to playing good hockey,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kinnunen said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThis win is going to help usgoing into the playoffs.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dusty Collins and Dave Bonk assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU made the score 3-1 when Nathan Oystrick scored hisseventh goal of the season at 19:39 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œFor us to win gameswe have to play physical,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI like playing the body and scoringgoals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ What ever I can do to help the team is what I do.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt York of Ferrisadded a power-play marker at 2:55 of the third period for the final margin.
Craig Kowalski set a new NMU career record for saves in acareer as he had 27 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He currently has 3,429 saves for hiscareer.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He also took over the Perani Cup Individual Standings lead with hissecond star on Friday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs used a combination of twogoaltenders on Friday night as Mike Brown started the game and registered 12saves in two periods of play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Swanson had five saves in a period of play.
Both teams had one power-play goal on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU hadfive chances while FSU had six power-play opportunities.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚