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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ 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.  It was an important weekend for Wildcat Hockey as it was AlumniWeekend for the â€Â˜Cats as many former players were in town for the two games.  Thelast time the â€Â˜Cats swept the Spartans was Nov. 12-13 in East Lansing by scoresof 2-1 and 3-1.  It was also the 10th meeting between Walt Kyle, thestudent, and Rick Comley, the mentor.  For Kyle he is now 7-3 against Comleyand has now won four straight in the series.


With the win the â€Â˜Cats improve to 3-1-0 overall on theseason and 2-0-0 in the CCHA.  The Spartans are now 1-3-0 and 0-2-0 in theconference.  â€ÂœThis team is not going to be a team of stars,â€Â Kyle said. 


Patrick Murphy scored his first goal of the season on thepower play at 8:18 of the first period to give the â€Â˜Cats the early 1-0 lead. Andrew Contois and Jamie Milam assisted on the goal.  Milam, playing as aforward this weekend, would then score a power-play goal of his own at 18:52 ofthe opening period as the â€Â˜Cats took the 2-0 lead.  â€ÂœEveryone played togetherand we got it done today,â€Â Milam said. â€ÂœI could not even take a nap before thegame because I was so wired.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  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.  Colton Fretter and A.J. Thelen assisted.  Milam scored his second goal ofthe night also on the power play to give the â€Â˜Cats the 3-1 lead at 4:36 of theperiod.  Olver and Nathan Oystrick assisted on the goal. Ã‚  Mike Santorellicapped the scoring on the night with his second goal of the season at 13:23 ofthe final 20 minutes.  Dirk Southern and Contois assisted. 


Tuomas Tarkki in goal for NMU tonight turned away 37 shots. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚ÂœIt was a good game.  I had no problem seeing ever shot,â€Â Tarkki said.  DominicVicari had 29 saves on the night.  MSU took 38 shots for the game while theâ€Â˜Cats had 33.  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. 




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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director