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NOTRE DAME, Ind. â€Â“ They say that a tie is likekissing your sister, but in the CCHA a tie is one point in the pointâ€Â™s columnof the standings.  Those ties then could come in handy at the end of the season. The Northern Michigan University Wildcats tied the Notre Dame Fighting Irish onFriday night at the Joyce Center 1-1.  The â€Â˜Cats are now 3-1-1 overall on theseason and 2-0-1 in the CCHA.  The game was the â€Â˜Cats first CCHA game on theroad for the 2004-05 season.  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.  Mike Santorelli tied the game at one-all withhis third goal of the season at 5:59 of the second period.  Dirk Southern andAndrew Contois assisted on the goal.  Neither team scored in the second and/orthe OT period and that was the way the story for the game was written.  â€ÂœWe hadour chances,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœI thought that we did what we needed to do towin.â€Â


Bill Zaniboni playing in his third game for the â€Â˜Cats had 29saves on the night.  Morgan Cey for Notre Dame turned the puck away 26 times onthe night.  Both teams were 0-5 on the power play for the game.  The home teamhad three more shots for the game than NMU as the Fighting Irish had 30 shotsto 27 for the â€Â˜Cats.


NMU will play the second game of the weekend CCHA seriestomorrow night (Saturday, Oct. 30) at the Joyce Center.





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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director