March 22, 2004

'Cats End Season By Playing Miami In Third Place Game At CCHA Super Six


 

DETROIT, Mich. â€Â“ 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). The â€Â˜Cats gave up two goals in each of the first two periods to drop the gameto the RedHawks 4-0.  NMU finished the season with a 21-16-4 overall record.  Miami(23-13-4) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Hockey Tournament.  â€ÂœIt was adifficult game to play.  Just as difficult for Miami as for us.  Theyâ€Â™replaying for their pairwise, where as our guys are playing for pride,â€Â 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.  He did not face a shot.  It was his 132ndgame for NMU.  He broke the record that was set by Bill Pye (1987-91).  â€ÂœHe(goaltender, Craig Kowalski) deserves to hold the recordâ€Â¦I wanted him to thinkabout it and wanted him to have it,â€Â Kyle added.

 

Andy Greene and Andy Nelson scored for the RedHawks at 3:11 and 8:06 of the first period respectively.  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.  The â€Â˜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.  BrandonWest-Crawford recorded his third shutout and the second in the past fourgames.  He had 24 saves for the afternoon.  Miami had 41 shots to 24 for NMU.

 

 

 

 

 

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
906-227-1013