OMAHA, Neb. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ For the second night in a rowthe Northern Michigan University hockey team tied the game at one-all, but gaveup two more goals to drop a 3-1 decision to the University of Nebraska-OmahaMavericks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have now lost three games in a row and are 1-3-2 in thepast six games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
In six of the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats losses this season they have scored onegoal and were shutout in the other loss.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 9-7-4 overall for the2004-05 season and 7-5-2 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UNO improves to 10-9-1 and 8-7-1respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have now been swept twice on the road this season, butare a perfect 6-0-0 in Marquette.
David Phillips of the Mavericks gave UNO the early 1-0 leadwith his sixth goal of the season at 9:21 of the opening period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The secondperiod saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats tie the game on a goal by Andrew Sarauer for his second ofthe season at 9:11 of the period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrick picked up the lone assist onthe goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UNO took the 2-1 lead on a power-play goal by Alex Nikiforuk at16:10 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dan Hacker made the score 3-1 on an empty net goalat 19:52 of the third period.
NMU was shutout on the power play in five opportunities onthe night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Mavericks converted one of their nine chances with the extraattacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats did have one more shot than the Mavericks at 29-28.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TuomasTarkki was in goal for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats tonight as he picked up second star of thegame honors with 25 saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Chris Holt from UNO had 28 saves for first starhonors.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will play the next two weekends at home in the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Miami will be the first CCHA team visiting Marquette next weekend(Jan. 14-15) as face off will be at 7:35 p.m. both nights.