FAIRBANKS, Alaska ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team has not been one of the greatest teams on theroad during the regular season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the first time ever the Nanooks defeatedthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats during the regular season twice in Fairbanks in January.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When theCCHA Playoffs came around the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were off to Fairbanks by virtue of theirseventh place finish in the regular season for the first round.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Saturdaynight the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats faced another sell-out crowd and defeated the Nanooks 3-2 to takethe series in two straight and will advance to The Joe for the CCHA Super Six.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI am really proud of these guys,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe had a difficult trip toget here.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ They (the players) did the things it took to get ready to play.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Pat Bateman scored the first goal of the game to give theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His goal came at 15:40 of the first period and washis seventh of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and Rob Lehtinen assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UAF would tie the game at one-all with a goal at 11:05 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Nanooks would take their only lead of the weekend at 2-1with a power-play goal at 15:34 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The lead would not lastlong as 24 seconds later, Nathan Oystrick tied the game at two-all with hiseighth goal of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Gardner assisted on the goal.
Justin Kinnunen scored the game-winning goal at 3:44 of the third period, for his sixth goal of the season. He took a pass from DirkSouthern and Geoff Waugh.
Tuomas Tarkki played again in goal for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He cameup with 29 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The shots for the game were even as both teamshad 31 on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 0-4 on the power play while UAF was 1-3 with theextra attacker.