MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ For the first time sincethe 1982-83 season the Northern Michigan University hockey team swept theMichigan State Spartans with the 4-1 win on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was an important weekend for Wildcat Hockey as it was AlumniWeekend for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as many former players were in town for the two games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thelast time the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats swept the Spartans was Nov. 12-13 in East Lansing by scoresof 2-1 and 3-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was also the 10th meeting between Walt Kyle, thestudent, and Rick Comley, the mentor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For Kyle he is now 7-3 against Comleyand has now won four straight in the series.
With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats improve to 3-1-0 overall on theseason and 2-0-0 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Spartans are now 1-3-0 and 0-2-0 in theconference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThis team is not going to be a team of stars,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Patrick Murphy scored his first goal of the season on thepower play at 8:18 of the first period to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois and Jamie Milam assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Milam, playing as aforward this weekend, would then score a power-play goal of his own at 18:52 ofthe opening period as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took the 2-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œEveryone played togetherand we got it done today,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Milam said. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI could not even take a nap before thegame because I was so wired.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver assisted on the goal.
The third power-play goal of the night was scored by JimSlater of MSU at 00:45 of the third period to get the Spartans to within one at2-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Colton Fretter and A.J. Thelen assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Milam scored his second goal ofthe night also on the power play to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 3-1 lead at 4:36 of theperiod.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver and Nathan Oystrick assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorellicapped the scoring on the night with his second goal of the season at 13:23 ofthe final 20 minutes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern and Contois assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tuomas Tarkki in goal for NMU tonight turned away 37 shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt was a good game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ I had no problem seeing ever shot,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkki said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ DominicVicari had 29 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MSU took 38 shots for the game while theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 33.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 3-8 on the power play as MSU was 1-10.
NMU will travel to Notre Dame next weekend (Oct. 29-30) fortheir first CCHA road trip of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚