ANN ARBOR, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team snapped two streaks on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena with the4-1 win over the Maize and Blue.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats snapped MichiganÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 22-game home-icewinning streak in regular season games and a five-game skid against theWolverines as four of the losses have been in Ann Arbor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 9-9-0all-time in Ann Arbor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
UM was ranked fourth in the country in this weekÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s majorhockey polls.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 13-7-5 overall on the season and 11-5-3 in CCHAplay.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UM falls to 19-7-1 and 16-3-0 respectively.
Tuomas Tarkki again came up big for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with several hugesaves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He ended the night with 27 saves and allowed one goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkkiproved why he leads the CCHA in goaltending.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the past five games he is4-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average and a .965 save percentage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Not thatlong ago the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were having problems scoring goals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But, in the past threegames NMU has turned the light on 11 times.
Darin Olver gave NMU the early 1-0 lead at 11:42 of thefirst period when UM goaltender Al Montoya came way out of the net and hemanaged to move the puck past him for an open net goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ John Miller and PatBateman assisted on OlverÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s sixth goal of the season. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Patrick Murphy made thescore 2-0 less than four minutes later for his second goal of the season at15:11 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Gardner and Rob Lehtinen assisted.
Milan Gajic scored UMÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s lone goal of the night at 17:17 ofthe first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU added two more markers on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorelliscored his team-leading 12th of the season at 9:24 of the secondperiod to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 3-1 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Maunu assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bateman thenpicked up his second point on the night with his sixth goal of the season at9:34 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver also picked up his second point of the nighton the assist.
Montoya ended the night with 13 saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Neither team scoreda goal on the power play as NMU was 0-3 and UM was 0-5.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UM had 11 more shotsthan the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats at 28-17.
The teams will square off again tomorrow night (Jan. 29) at7:35 p.m. for the second game of the CCHA set at Yost Ice Arena.
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