MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The last homegame for three seniors (Alex Sawruk, Justin Kinnunen and Craig Kowalski) wasSaturday night at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kowalski tied the NMU career recordfor games played by a goaltender by playing in his 131st game onSaturday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He tied the record set by Bill Pye (1987-91).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But his gamewas not that long as he went down with an injury almost five minutes into thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas Tarkki came in and had 28 saves to lead the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to the 2-1 winover the Ferris State Bulldogs.
NMU wrapped up seventh place in the CCHA and ends theregular season with an 18-14-4 overall record and a 13-13-2 mark in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs fall to 15-18-3 and 10-17-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will face Alaska Fairbanks inthe CCHA Playoffs next week in Fairbanks, Alaska.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The CCHA Playoffs is a besttwo-of-three affair.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Nanooks defeated the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats twice during the regularseason in Fairbanks in January by scores of 1-0 and 5-2. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe have to go upthere and play good playoff hockey,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.
Darin Olver did all the scoring for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the nightas he scored both goals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the fourth time this season Olver had two goalsin a game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His first goal came at 6:38 of the second period for his 12thof the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zach Tarkir and Matt Maunu assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His secondgoal and game-winner was scored at 1:33 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam andPat Bateman assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI really do not know how we pulled it off,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olversaid.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œTuomas Tarkki came in and played unbelievable.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We lost the heart andsoul of the team in (Craig) Kowalski early in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Bulldogs cut the lead in half with a power-play goal byGreg Rallo at 7:34 of the final period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs scored the lone power-playgoal on the night as they had four chances with the extra attacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catshad three power-play opportunities and were shutout on the night.
Ferris doubled the shots than the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night with 34to NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 17.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Brown went the distance for the Bulldogs in goal and had 15saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkki was given the first star of the game for his play in relief ofKowalski.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œNot much time to think,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkki said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThe defense played well andwe did not have too much traffic in front of me.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚