Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team kept their streak alive at the Berry Events Center on Saturday night, sort of.  NMU was a perfect 7-0 at home for the 2004-05 season andthrow in two home wins from last year and the â€Â˜Cats were 9-0 at the Berry Events Center entering the game on Saturday since the end of last season.  Well theâ€Â˜Cats did not win or lose to the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks as the teams skated to a1-1 tie.  That makes the â€Â˜Cats still unbeaten at home and 10-7-5 overall on theseason and 8-5-3 in the CCHA.  The RedHawks fall to 8-12-4 and 4-9-3respectively.


The two scores of the game came during play in the thirdperiod.  Miami took the early 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Andy Greene at2:11 of the period.  The â€Â˜Cats tied the game at one-all on a marker by MattSiddall at 16:20 of the period for his fourth goal of the season.  NathanOystrick and Patrick Murphy assisted. Murphy has an assist on both â€Â˜Cat goalsover the weekend.  â€ÂœWe had a number of really good chances to score,â€Â Walt Kylesaid.  â€ÂœRight now we have guys who are squeezing their sticks really tight andwe did not put those in.  But, what I liked was the composure.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 


Tuomas Tarkki played another good game in goal for the â€Â˜Catsas he turned away 20 shots on the night.  Tarkki went over 100 minutes beforegiving up a goal on the weekend.  â€ÂœTuomas (Tarkki) has been outstanding and Idonâ€Â™t want to take anything away from him,â€Â Kyle added.  Brandon Crawford-Westbackstopped 33 shots for the game.  Once again the â€Â˜Cats could get nothinggoing on the power play as they were 0-5.  NMU is 0-21 in the past four gameswith the extra attacker.  The RedHawks were 0-4 on the power play for thegame.  NMU had a 13 shot advantage over Miami with a 34-21 slate.


NMU will be at home again next weekend when the Falcons ofBowling Green State University visit the Berry Events Center on Friday andSaturday (Jan. 21-22).


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director