Press Box


FAIRBANKS, Alaska â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team has not been one of the greatest teams on theroad during the regular season.  For the first time ever the Nanooks defeatedthe â€Â˜Cats during the regular season twice in Fairbanks in January.  When theCCHA Playoffs came around the â€Â˜Cats were off to Fairbanks by virtue of theirseventh place finish in the regular season for the first round. Ã‚  Saturdaynight the â€Â˜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. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚ÂœI am really proud of these guys,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœWe had a difficult trip toget here.  They (the players) did the things it took to get ready to play.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 


Pat Bateman scored the first goal of the game to give theâ€Â˜Cats the early 1-0 lead.  His goal came at 15:40 of the first period and washis seventh of the season.  Darin Olver and Rob Lehtinen assisted on the goal. UAF would tie the game at one-all with a goal at 11:05 of the second period. 


The Nanooks would take their only lead of the weekend at 2-1with a power-play goal at 15:34 of the second period.  The lead would not lastlong as 24 seconds later, Nathan Oystrick tied the game at two-all with hiseighth goal of the season.  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 â€Â˜Cats.  He cameup with 29 saves on the night.  The shots for the game were even as both teamshad 31 on the night.  NMU was 0-4 on the power play while UAF was 1-3 with theextra attacker.






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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director