Press Box


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.






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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director