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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team scored two power-play goals and a short-handed marker againstthe Western Michigan University Broncos on Friday night at the Berry Events Center, but that was not enough.  The Broncos scored two power-play goalswithin 30 seconds of each other in the third period to salvage a 3-3 tieagainst the â€Â˜Cats.  NMU is now 0-1-1 in the past two games at the Berry EventsCenter as their record now stands at 14-9-6 overall and 12-7-4 in the CCHA. WMU is 11-14-2 and 6-13-2 respectively.  The record for most ties in a seasonis seven which was set during the 2000-01 season. 


Andrew Sarauer got the â€Â˜Cats on the board first with histhird goal of the season on the power play at 15:19 of the first period.  MattSiddall and Zach Tarkir assisted on the goal.  The Broncos would tie the gameat one-all with a goal by Jonathan Lupa at 00:44 of the second period.  RobLehtinen gave the â€Â˜Cats the 2-1 lead with his first goal of the season, whichwas unassisted, at 3:45 of the period.  Lehtinenâ€Â™s goal was the â€Â˜Cats fifthshort-handed goal of the season. Ã‚  â€ÂœI got a little break on the blue line whenthe guy mishandled the puck,â€Â Lehtinen said. 


The â€Â˜Cats second power-play goal of the evening, gave theteam the 3-1 lead, was scored by Andrew Contois for his 12th of theseason at 11:55 of the second period.   Ã‚ Mike Santorelli and Dirk Southernassisted.


NMU was called for three penalties in a row staring with thefirst one called on Patrick Murphy for interference at 12:39 of the thirdperiod, it was followed Nathan Oystrickâ€Â™s holding call at 12:55 and then GeoffWaugh was called for checking from behind at 13:25.  The Broncos would answerwith two power-play markers to tie the game and send it to overtime.  VinceBellissimo scored his 11th of the season at 14:13 of the period. His goal was followed by Mike Ericksonâ€Â™s at 14:43 for his 12th ofthe season.  â€ÂœThat is a lack of discipline to give those opportunities to ateam like this,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœThey will come and hurt you if you do that.â€Â


The extra five minutes saw the â€Â˜Cats with two shots on goalto one for the visitors.  For the game, NMU had 10 more shots than WMU at35-25.  NMU was 2-6 on the power play on the night while the Broncos were 2-9. Tuomas Tarkki went the distance for the â€Â˜Cats between the pipes as he turned away22 shots on the night.  Daniel Bellissimo had 32 saves for the game.


The two teams will face each other for the second game ofthe two-game CCHA set tomorrow night (Feb. 12) at the Berry Events Center.





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director