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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team used two short-handed goals on Saturday night to propel them toa 5-1 win over the Broncos of Western Michigan University.  The â€Â˜Cats now haveseven short-handed goals on the season.  With the win NMU improves to 15-9-6overall and 13-7-4 in the CCHA.  WMU falls to 11-15-2 and 6-14-2 respectively.


Head coach Walt Kyle was pleased with the effort of theâ€Â˜Cats tonight as compared to last night.  â€ÂœWe came out tonight with a littlemore passion in our play.  Collectively we played better tonight,â€Â Kyle said. 


Geoff Waugh scored his first goal of the season at 4:42 ofthe first period to give the â€Â˜Cats the early lead at 1-0.  â€ÂœIt was nice to getthe first goal of the game and get us going,â€Â Waugh said.  â€ÂœBut, I am happierwith the two points we got and the three points we got on the weekend.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  DarinOlver and Pat Bateman assisted on the goal.  A little over six minutes laterthe Broncos tied the game with a goal by Vince Bellissimo at 10:50 of theperiod.  Still in the first period, what turned out to be the game-winner was ashort-handed goal by Pat Bateman for his seven of the season at 18:57.  Olverwas given the lone assist. 


Moved forward to the third period where the â€Â˜Cats addedthree more goals.  Olver gave the â€Â˜Cats the 3-1 lead when he turned the redlight on at 12:05.  â€ÂœIt was only a matter of time before it cracked,â€Â Olversaid. â€ÂœEvery game itâ€Â™s been a good night of scoring chances.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  Kevin Gardnerand Bobby Selden assisted.  Dirk Southern scored the â€Â˜Cats second short-handedgoal of the night and third of the weekend at 15:19 to give the â€Â˜Cats the 4-1lead.  Nathan Oystrick and Andrew Contois picked-up the assists on the goal. The final goal of the night was scored by John Miller for his first of theseason at 19:59.  Dusty Collins and Selden assisted on the goal.


Neither team scored a power-play marker on the night as theâ€Â˜Cats were 0-6 and the Broncos were 0-5.  Tuomas Tarkki had 19 saves on thenight.  Daniel Bellissimo turned away 15 shots on the night.  Both teams had 20shots on net.


The â€Â˜Cats take a break from the CCHA race and will go out ofconference next week.  NMU will host the Michigan Tech Huskies on Thursdaynight (Feb. 17) at the Berry Events Center then the action moves to Houghton onSaturday (Feb. 19).






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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director