Press Box


HOUGHTON, Mich. â€Â“ When the Michigan Tech Huskies andthe Northern Michigan University Wildcats get together for anything; throw therecords out the window.  That could well be said for the hockey game on Thursdaynight at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena on the campus of MTU, for thenon-conference affair.  For the fourth time in the past five meetings betweenthe two U.P. rivals the game needed extra time to be decided.


NMU at one point of the game held a 5-1 lead early into thesecond period, but the Huskies came back to score five unanswered goals tobriefly take a 6-5 lead with a little more than eight minutes left in thegame.  But, Matt Maunu scored his first point of the season on a goal at 16:26of the third period to tie the game at six-all (6-6).  After five minutes of OTthat was how the game ended. Ã‚  NMU is now 4-1-2 overall on the season and MTUis 1-5-1. 


Nathan Oystrick scored three of the first four goals for theWildcats for his first career hat trick.  His first goal was scored at 00:44into the game.  Dirk Southern and Mike Santorelli assisted.  He scored thesecond goal of the game less than five minutes later at 5:19 of the firstperiod from Andrew Contois and Geoff Waugh.  Dirk Southern made it 3-0 in favorof the â€Â˜Cats with his second goal of the season at 11:53, still in the firstperiod.  At the 13:00 mark of the first period Jimmy Kerr got the Huskies onthe board with his first goal of the season (3-1).


Oystrick scored his third goal of the game at 19:42 of thefirst period with an assist from Darin Olver.  Andrew Sarauer scored his firstcareer goal for the â€Â˜Cats on the power play at 2:57 of the second period.  RobLehtinen and Olver assisted.  At this stage of the game NMU had a commanding5-1 lead.


But, that would change.  The Huskies would score the nextfive goals of the game.  The goals came in the second period at 3:57, 6:04,10:04 and 11:11.  They netted a goal at 11:39 of the third period to take the6-5 lead.  Maunu saved the day for the â€Â˜Cats to send it to extra time. 


During the OT period the Huskies had a power-playopportunity, but could not score on three shots.  Three of MTUâ€Â™s goals were onthe power play for the game on 10 opportunities.  For the game the â€Â˜Cats scoredonce on nine power play opportunities.


Both teams changed goaltenders in the game.  The â€Â˜Catsstarted with Bill Zaniboni as he lasted a little more than a period (26:04) andhad 11 saves on the night.  Tuomas Tarkki came in and played almost 39 minutes(38:56) and ended the game with 19 saves.  MTU started with Kevin Hachey as helasted almost 12 minutes (11:53) before Bryce Luker had a little over 53minutes (53:07) and 23 saves on the night.


The two teams will play the second game in the four-gamequest for the Ramada Cup on Saturday night (Nov. 6) at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.




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