DETROIT, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team ended the 2003-04 season by playing Miami in the thirdplace game at the CCHA Super Six in Detroit on Saturday afternoon (March 20).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats gave up two goals in each of the first two periods to drop the gameto the RedHawks 4-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU finished the season with a 21-16-4 overall record.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Miami(23-13-4) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Hockey Tournament.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt was adifficult game to play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Just as difficult for Miami as for us.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™replaying for their pairwise, where as our guys are playing for pride,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kylesaid.
Craig Kowalski played the first 15 seconds of the gamebetween the pipes and in the process set a new NMU career record for gameplayed by a goaltender.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He did not face a shot.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was his 132ndgame for NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He broke the record that was set by Bill Pye (1987-91).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œHe(goaltender, Craig Kowalski) deserves to hold the recordÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚¦I wanted him to thinkabout it and wanted him to have it,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle added.
Andy Greene and Andy Nelson scored for the RedHawks at 3:11 and 8:06 of the first period respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Todd Grant and Greg Hogeboom addedmarkers in the second period at 8:27 and 15:52 respectively.
Both teams had six power-play opportunities and neithercould score with the extra attacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats ended the five-game playoff runwithout scoring a power-play goal as they were 0-18 on the power play.
Tuomas Tarkki had 37 saves for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ BrandonWest-Crawford recorded his third shutout and the second in the past fourgames.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He had 24 saves for the afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Miami had 41 shots to 24 for NMU.
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