MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team started the 2004-05 season off tonight with an exhibition gameagainst the USNTDP U-18 team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had a 3-0 lead a little over fourminutes into the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But the visitors struck for three un-answeredgoals in the third period to tie the game at three-all after 60 minutes ofplay.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The game went into OT and neither team could score, so the game ended ina tie.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The last time an NMU team did not win an exhibition game was during the1985-86 campaign when Team Canada defeated the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 6-0 and 7-5.
Dusty Collins got the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the board first with a goalat 14:01 of the first period as Matt Ciancio assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ John Miller scored apower-play goal to make it 2-0 at 19:08 of the opening period with as JamieMilam and Patrick Murphy assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ciancio then made it 3-0 with agoal at 4:38 of the third period as Collins and Waugh assisted.
The USNTDP U-18 team scored two short-handed goals at 9:41and 11:48 of the third period to make the game 3-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Peter Mueller tied thegame with a power-play goal at 14:16 of the final period.
A total of 29 penalties were called for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had13 for 26 minutes, while the USNTDP U-18 team had 16 for 32 minutes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catswere 1-11 on the power play while the visitors were 1-9 with the extraattacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Bill Zaniboni seeing his first action in a Wildcat uniformhad 21 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Billy Blase for the USNTDP U-18 team had 18 saveson the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The shots were in favor of the visitors with 24 to 21 for thehome team.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will play their second exhibition game tomorrownight against York University at 7:35 p.m. in the Berry Events Center.