Dirk Southern Is All The 'Cats Needed
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Dirk Southern scored histhird game-winning goal of the season and Tuomas Tarkki picked up his thirdcareer shutout on Friday night against Miami (Ohio) to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 1-0CCHA win over the visiting RedHawks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU has now won seven home games in a rowfor the 2004-05 season and add two from the end of last season and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catshave nine home wins in a row.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt is a good win for us,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œItis good to get back home.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was playing their first game at the Berry Events Center in over a month.
With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 10-7-4 overall and 8-5-2 inthe CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Miami falls to 8-12-3 and 4-9-2 respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern scored hisfourth goal of the season at 16:37 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI just came off thebench at the right time,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œ(Patrick) Murphy gave me a nice droppass. I would like to say I saw the top corner, but I just shot through thescreen and it went in.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His goal was assisted by Patrick Murphy and JamieMilam.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tarkki blocked 29 shots to pick up the shutout.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For hiseffort he was named the first star of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe had to play pretty tightdefensively and it worked out,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkki said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI saw almost ever puck.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Itwas not too bad of a game.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brandon Crawford-West had 28 saves on the nightfor the RedHawks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both squads were shutout on the power play on the night asthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 0-7 and the RedHawks 0-8.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shots were even as both sides had 29.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday night (Jan.15) at the Berry Event Center at 7:35 p.m.