MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats now haveseven short-handed goals on the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win NMU improves to 15-9-6overall and 13-7-4 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU falls to 11-15-2 and 6-14-2 respectively.
Head coach Walt Kyle was pleased with the effort of theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats tonight as compared to last night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe came out tonight with a littlemore passion in our play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Collectively we played better tonight,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Geoff Waugh scored his first goal of the season at 4:42 ofthe first period to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the early lead at 1-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt was nice to getthe first goal of the game and get us going,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Waugh said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œBut, I am happierwith the two points we got and the three points we got on the weekend.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ DarinOlver and Pat Bateman assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A little over six minutes laterthe Broncos tied the game with a goal by Vince Bellissimo at 10:50 of theperiod.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olverwas given the lone assist.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Moved forward to the third period where the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats addedthree more goals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 3-1 lead when he turned the redlight on at 12:05.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt was only a matter of time before it cracked,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olversaid. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œEvery game itÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s been a good night of scoring chances.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Gardnerand Bobby Selden assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern scored the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats second short-handedgoal of the night and third of the weekend at 15:19 to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 4-1lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrick and Andrew Contois picked-up the assists on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The final goal of the night was scored by John Miller for his first of theseason at 19:59.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dusty Collins and Selden assisted on the goal.
Neither team scored a power-play marker on the night as theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 0-6 and the Broncos were 0-5.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas Tarkki had 19 saves on thenight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Daniel Bellissimo turned away 15 shots on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams had 20shots on net.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats take a break from the CCHA race and will go out ofconference next week.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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).