NOTRE DAME, Ind. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ They say that a tie is likekissing your sister, but in the CCHA a tie is one point in the pointÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s columnof the standings.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Those ties then could come in handy at the end of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Northern Michigan University Wildcats tied the Notre Dame Fighting Irish onFriday night at the Joyce Center 1-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 3-1-1 overall on theseason and 2-0-1 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The game was the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats first CCHA game on theroad for the 2004-05 season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Fighting Irish are now 1-3-2 and 0-2-1 in theconference.
The home team drew the first score with a goal by Noah Babinat 16:09 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorelli tied the game at one-all withhis third goal of the season at 5:59 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern andAndrew Contois assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Neither team scored in the second and/orthe OT period and that was the way the story for the game was written.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe hadour chances,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI thought that we did what we needed to do towin.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Bill Zaniboni playing in his third game for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 29saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Morgan Cey for Notre Dame turned the puck away 26 times onthe night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams were 0-5 on the power play for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home teamhad three more shots for the game than NMU as the Fighting Irish had 30 shotsto 27 for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.
NMU will play the second game of the weekend CCHA seriestomorrow night (Saturday, Oct. 30) at the Joyce Center.