Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team used the home ice to their advantage once again on Friday nightas the â€Â˜Cats defeated the Falcons of Bowling Green State University 3-1.  Forthe 2004-05 season the â€Â˜Cats are now 8-0-1 at the Berry Events Center.  NMU scored more than one goal in a game for the first time since scoring five markersat Fairbanks, Alaska on Dec. 11.  NMU also scored a power-play goal for thefirst time in five games on Friday night.  The â€Â˜Cats are now 11-7-5 overall onthe season and 9-5-3 in the CCHA.  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 â€Â˜Cats the early 1-0 lead at 9:53 of the first period.  â€ÂœWehave been getting chances the last couple of weekends.  The puck just has notbeen going in for us,â€Â Contois said.  â€ÂœTonight we got a couple of breaks andput the puck in the net.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  Mike Santorelli assisted on the goal.  Santorellithen made the score 2-0 with a power-play goal at 9:48 of the second period forhis 10th of the season.  Zach Tarkir and Geoff Waugh assisted. 


The Falcons cuts the â€Â˜Cats lead in half with a goal by MikeFalk at 10:02 of the third period.  Contois scored his second marker of thenight and ninth of the season at 15:47 of the final frame for the 3-1 count. Dirk Southern and Waugh assisted.  â€ÂœDirk Southern made a great pass to me and Ijust shot it and it went in,â€Â Contois added.  â€ÂœIt was kind of a bang, bangplay.â€Â


Tuomas Tarkki played another solid game between the pipes. He picked up his ninth win of the season as he turned away 32 shots on thenight.  In the past three games Tarkki has a .65 goals against average and a.976 save percentage.  Jordan Sigalet for the Falcons turned away 32 shots.  â€ÂœIthought that it was a very even game,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœOur overall teamdefensive play was very sound.â€Â


NMU had two more shots than BGSU on the night with a 35-33advantage.  The â€Â˜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.  There will be a special tributeto former Wildcat broadcaster Joe Blake before the game on Saturday night. 




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director