Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The student must havelearned something from the mentor as Walt Kyle and the Northern Michigan University hockey team defeated Rick Comley and the Michigan State Spartans by a scoreof 3-2 on Friday night at the Berry Events Center.  It was the CCHA opener forboth teams.


Kyle picked up his sixth win in nine games against Comley. The â€Â˜Cats are now 2-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the CCHA.  The Spartans are now1-2-0 and 0-1-0 in the conference for the season.  â€ÂœWe have to havecontributions from a lot of people,â€Â Kyle said.  â€ÂœEvery game they should gainmore experience and get better and better.â€Â


The Spartans grabbed the early lead with a power-play goalby Colton Fretter at 6:48 of the first period.  Clayton Lainsbury would knockhome his first collegiate goal at 7:44 of the opening period, to tie the gameat one-all, with an assist from Jamie Milam.  Andrew Contois scored his secondgoal of the young season, which was of the short-handed variety and unassisted at2:16 of the second period to give the â€Â˜Cats the 2-1 lead. 


Lainsbury score the game-winning goal which was his secondof the night and season at 3:37 of the third period.  The goal was unassisted. Lainsbury with his two goals was named the first star of the game.  â€ÂœIt is goodto have a couple (goals) against our rivals with the packed house,â€Â Lainsburysaid.  MSU added a goal with the extra attacker at 6:41 of the same period forthe final margin.  Towards the end of the game what looked liked to be an emptynet goal was called off when the fans in the stands littered the ice with theshakers that were given out before the game.  NMU was given a team penalty fordelay of game.


Bill Zaniboni playing his first real collegiate game at TheBerry had 27 saves on the night and was awarded for his effort with the secondstar of the game honors.  â€ÂœI felt pretty good and our D played well,â€Â Zanibonisaid.  â€ÂœThey let me see a lot of pucks. We dumped the puck well.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  DominicVicari in goal for the Spartans had 28 saves on the night.  MSU was 1-12 on thepower play while the â€Â˜Cats were shutout in eight attempts with the extraattacker.


The two teams will go for round two of the weekend settomorrow night (Saturday, Oct. 23) at 7:35 p.m.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director