OMAHA, Neb. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team did not step out on the right foot for the first game in 2005.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats tied the game with Matt CiancioÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s goal in the second period againstNebraska-Omaha, but that was to be it for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night as theydropped the 3-1 game to the Mavericks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU falls to 9-6-4 overall on theseason and 7-4-2 in CCHA play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Mavericks are now 9-9-1 and 7-7-1respectively.
UNO struck first with a goal at 6:21 of the first period byBrandon Scero.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ciancio tied the game at one-all with his second goal of theseason at 11:00 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rob Lehtinen and Zach Tarkir assisted onthe goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Mavericks added two more goals to put the game away.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Joe Grimaldiscored the game-winner at 18:04 of the second period on the power play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheMavericks added an insurance goal at 4:05 of the third period by Scero, for hissecond of the game, for the final margin.
Bill Zaniboni stopped 28 shots for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Chris Holt for UNO had 26 saves for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had four power playopportunities on the night and could not put the puck in the net with the extraattacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UNO had three power play chances.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team had a 31-27advantage on shots.
The two squads will square off for the second game of theweekend set tomorrow night in Omaha (Jan. 8).