Press Box


OMAHA, Neb. â€Â“ 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.  The â€Â˜Cats have now lost three games in a row and are 1-3-2 in thepast six games. 


In six of the â€Â˜Cats losses this season they have scored onegoal and were shutout in the other loss.  NMU is now 9-7-4 overall for the2004-05 season and 7-5-2 in the CCHA.  UNO improves to 10-9-1 and 8-7-1respectively.  The â€Â˜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.  The secondperiod saw the â€Â˜Cats tie the game on a goal by Andrew Sarauer for his second ofthe season at 9:11 of the period.  Nathan Oystrick picked up the lone assist onthe goal.  UNO took the 2-1 lead on a power-play goal by Alex Nikiforuk at16:10 of the second period.  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.  The Mavericks converted one of their nine chances with the extraattacker.  The â€Â˜Cats did have one more shot than the Mavericks at 29-28.  TuomasTarkki was in goal for the â€Â˜Cats tonight as he picked up second star of thegame honors with 25 saves.  Chris Holt from UNO had 28 saves for first starhonors.


The â€Â˜Cats will play the next two weekends at home in the Berry Events Center.  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.






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director