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DETROIT, Mich. â€Â“ The Student(Walt Kyle) did it once again to his Mentor (Rick Comley) for the second yearthe â€Â˜Cats defeated the Spartans at the CCHA Super Six on Thursday afternoon bya 2-1 score.  Kyle is now 5-3 against his old coach.  NMU will move on in theCCHA Tournament as the â€Â˜Cats take on the top seed of the tournament, theMichigan Wolverines on Friday, March 19 at 4:05 p.m. in the semifinals.  Theâ€Â˜Cats have their longest winning streak of the season at five games and are now5-1-2 in the past eight games.


NMU is now 21-14-4 on the season and will have two moregames at the CCHA Super Six.  The championship and third place games are onSaturday, March 20.  MSU falls to 23-16-2 on the season as the Spartans wereranked 10th in both college hockey polls this week.  â€ÂœWe needed toget by tonightâ€Â™s game,â€Â Kyle said.  â€ÂœI think that the first period was verycritical.â€Â


The first period it turned out was all the â€Â˜Cats needed asthey got both goals in the first 20 minutes of the game.  Alex Sawruk gave theâ€Â˜Cats the early 1-0 lead, with his seventh goal of the season, just 1:11 into the game.  Kevin Gardner assisted on the goal.  Gardner then turned around andscored the game-winning goal at 6:05 of the opening period.  John Miller and AlanSwanson assisted on the goal. 


MSU scored their lone goal of the game on the power playwhen Brock Radunske scored his 12th marker of the season.  The goalgot the Spartans on the board at 2-1 which turned out to be the final score. 


Tuomas Tarkki once again was like a wall as he stopped 35shots on the night.  For the playoffs, Tarkki has just given up four goals inthree games.  He has an 1.33 goals against average and a .963 save percentagefor the past three games.  Dominic Vicari had 15 stops for the Spartans.  TheSpartans had a commanding 36 to 17 shot advantage for the game.  MSU talliedthe lone power-play goal for the game on four chances, while the â€Â˜Cats hadthree power-play opportunities and could not convert.











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