DETROIT, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Student(Walt Kyle) did it once again to his Mentor (Rick Comley) for the second yearthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats defeated the Spartans at the CCHA Super Six on Thursday afternoon bya 2-1 score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle is now 5-3 against his old coach.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will move on in theCCHA Tournament as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats take on the top seed of the tournament, theMichigan Wolverines on Friday, March 19 at 4:05 p.m. in the semifinals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The championship and third place games are onSaturday, March 20.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MSU falls to 23-16-2 on the season as the Spartans wereranked 10th in both college hockey polls this week.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe needed toget by tonightÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI think that the first period was verycritical.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The first period it turned out was all the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats needed asthey got both goals in the first 20 minutes of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Alex Sawruk gave theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead, with his seventh goal of the season, just 1:11 into the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Gardner assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gardner then turned around andscored the game-winning goal at 6:05 of the opening period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ John Miller and AlanSwanson assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
MSU scored their lone goal of the game on the power playwhen Brock Radunske scored his 12th marker of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The goalgot the Spartans on the board at 2-1 which turned out to be the final score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tuomas Tarkki once again was like a wall as he stopped 35shots on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the playoffs, Tarkki has just given up four goals inthree games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He has an 1.33 goals against average and a .963 save percentagefor the past three games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dominic Vicari had 15 stops for the Spartans.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheSpartans had a commanding 36 to 17 shot advantage for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MSU talliedthe lone power-play goal for the game on four chances, while the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats hadthree power-play opportunities and could not convert.