Press Box


ANN ARBOR, Mich. â€Â“ 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.  The â€Â˜Cats snapped Michiganâ€Â™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.  NMU is now 9-9-0all-time in Ann Arbor. 


UM was ranked fourth in the country in this weekâ€Â™s majorhockey polls.  NMU is now 13-7-5 overall on the season and 11-5-3 in CCHAplay.  UM falls to 19-7-1 and 16-3-0 respectively.


Tuomas Tarkki again came up big for the â€Â˜Cats with several hugesaves on the night.  He ended the night with 27 saves and allowed one goal.  Tarkkiproved why he leads the CCHA in goaltending.  In the past five games he is4-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average and a .965 save percentage.  Not thatlong ago the â€Â˜Cats were having problems scoring goals.  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.  John Miller and PatBateman assisted on Olverâ€Â™s sixth goal of the season.  Patrick Murphy made thescore 2-0 less than four minutes later for his second goal of the season at15:11 of the first period.  Kevin Gardner and Rob Lehtinen assisted.


Milan Gajic scored UMâ€Â™s lone goal of the night at 17:17 ofthe first period.  NMU added two more markers on the night.  Mike Santorelliscored his team-leading 12th of the season at 9:24 of the secondperiod to give the â€Â˜Cats the 3-1 lead.  Matt Maunu assisted.  Bateman thenpicked up his second point on the night with his sixth goal of the season at9:34 of the third period.  Olver also picked up his second point of the nighton the assist.


Montoya ended the night with 13 saves.  Neither team scoreda goal on the power play as NMU was 0-3 and UM was 0-5.  UM had 11 more shotsthan the â€Â˜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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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director