ANN ARBOR, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ What a difference aday makes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Last night the Northern Michigan University hockey team could donothing wrong against the Michigan Wolverines.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tonight at Yost Ice Arena theWolverines jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats and won the game, 3-1, tosplit the series.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU falls to 13-8-5 overall on the season and 11-6-3 in theCCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UM improves to 20-7-1 and 17-3-0 respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats eightlosses this season they have scored only one goal in seven of the games andwere shutout in the other game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
UM jumped out to a 3-0 lead by scoring twice in the firstperiod and adding a marker in the final frame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Eric Nystrom scored apower-play goal at 4:24 of the opening period to give the home team the quick1-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Porter added another power-play goal at 11:28 of the firstperiod for the 2-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the night the Wolverines were 2-8 with the extraattacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Milan Gajic scored the third and final goal for UM at 2:33 of thethird period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Jamie Milam scored the lone goal for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the nightat 11:54 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was MilamÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s first goal of the season that wasnot scored on the power play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Gardner assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Wolverine penalty kill unit shutout the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on fourattempts.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UM had 11 more shots than the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night at 31-20.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TuomasTarkki had 28 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His counterpart from UM, Al Montoya,backstopped 19 shots.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will begin a five-game homestand next weekend whenAlaska Fairbanks will call at the Berry Events Center for two games (Feb. 4-5).