MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team used the home ice to their advantage once again on Friday nightas the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats defeated the Falcons of Bowling Green State University 3-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Forthe 2004-05 season the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 8-0-1 at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU scored more than one goal in a game for the first time since scoring five markersat Fairbanks, Alaska on Dec. 11.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU also scored a power-play goal for thefirst time in five games on Friday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 11-7-5 overall onthe season and 9-5-3 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ BGSU falls to 10-8-3 and 7-6-2 respectively.
Andrew Contois scored the first of his two goals on thenight to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead at 9:53 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWehave been getting chances the last couple of weekends.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The puck just has notbeen going in for us,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œTonight we got a couple of breaks andput the puck in the net.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorelli assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Santorellithen made the score 2-0 with a power-play goal at 9:48 of the second period forhis 10th of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zach Tarkir and Geoff Waugh assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Falcons cuts the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats lead in half with a goal by MikeFalk at 10:02 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois scored his second marker of thenight and ninth of the season at 15:47 of the final frame for the 3-1 count.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern and Waugh assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œDirk Southern made a great pass to me and Ijust shot it and it went in,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt was kind of a bang, bangplay.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tuomas Tarkki played another solid game between the pipes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He picked up his ninth win of the season as he turned away 32 shots on thenight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the past three games Tarkki has a .65 goals against average and a.976 save percentage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jordan Sigalet for the Falcons turned away 32 shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIthought that it was a very even game,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œOur overall teamdefensive play was very sound.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU had two more shots than BGSU on the night with a 35-33advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 1-5 on the power play while the Falcons were 0-9.
The two teams will square off again at the Berry Events Center on Saturday night (Jan. 22) at 7:35 p.m.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ There will be a special tributeto former Wildcat broadcaster Joe Blake before the game on Saturday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚