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DETROIT, Mich. â€Â“ The â€Â˜Cats season-high five-gamewinning streak came to an end on Friday at the CCHA Super Six as the MichiganWolverines defeated NMU 5-1 in the first semifinal game of the day.  For theâ€Â˜Cats this was the third year in a row that they failed to advance past thesemifinal game.  NMU is currently 21-15-4.  Michigan (26-12-2) will play in the CCHA Super Six Championship Game tomorrow, while the â€Â˜Cats will play in thethird place game tomorrow afternoon.


For the first 30 minutes of the game the â€Â˜Cats andWolverines were scoreless.  Even after two periods of play the score was 1-0 infavor of the Maize and Blue, thanks to a goal by Brandon Kaleniecki at 10:14 of the period.  â€ÂœWe tried to keep the game close. I thought we did that for twoperiods, but then they came out and scored a power-play goal early to take thelead,â€Â Walt Kyle said. Ã‚  â€ÂœWe knew going into the third that we havenâ€Â™t scored alot of goals all year. We knew we had to keep it a low scoring game. After twoperiods, we were feeling pretty good about it but somewhere late in the secondwe lost Nathan Oystrick.â€Â


The final period of the game is when the Wolverines explodedfor four goals.  Goals were scored by Kaleniecki at 00:28, Jeff Tambellini at 8:42, David Moss at 9:23 and T.J. Hensick at 11:15.  Dave Bonk scored hisfourth goal of the season at 18:26 of the final stanza for the â€Â˜Cats lonescore.  Matt Hunter and Bobby Selden assisted on the goal.   Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚ÂœOur guys weredead in the third period. Thatâ€Â™s not an excuse. Iâ€Â™m giving Michigan fullcredit,â€Â Kyle added. Ã‚  â€ÂœThey had the puck and pressured us. Our guys laid itout last night to beat a good team (Michigan State) and they just came througha real difficult trip.â€Â


Tuomas Tarkki started in goal for the â€Â˜Cats and had 29 saveson the day.  Al Montoya was between the pipes for the Wolverines andbackstopped 19 shots.  Brian Garavaglia saw a little over two minutes in frontof the net against the Wolverines.  UM had one power-play goal on four chanceswhile the â€Â˜Cats have yet to score a power-play goal for the playoffs as theywere shutout today on three opportunities.  UM had 34 shots for the game as theâ€Â˜Cats had 20. 








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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director