February 17, 2005

'Cats And Huskies In A Wild One

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ When Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech get together for anything, in the words of Steve Martin,it is a wild and crazy affair.  Thursday night at the Berry Events Center with a new record crowd of 4,216 saw why this is a rivalry.  The game ended in athree-all tie.  NMU is now 15-9-7 overall on the season while Tech is 8-19-3. The seven ties equal the NMU record for most ties in a season which was setduring the 2000-01 season. 

 

Almost 200 minutes of penalties were called in the game. NMU set a new record with 91 penalty minutes on 24 penalties.  The old recordwas 87 minutes against Ohio State on Jan. 30, 1981.  MTU was called for 23penalties for a total of 100 penalty minutes.  Geoff Waugh and Matt Siddalltied an NMU record with four penalties each in the second period.  The secondperiod saw each team called for 17 penalties for 74 penalty minutes.  â€ÂœThat isthe kind of things that happens,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœThey are a good hockey teamand work hard.  I thought it was a real good game tonight.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 

 

The Huskies struck first when Jimmy Kerr scored his sixthgoal of the season to get MTU on the board first at 2:02 of the openingperiod.  Mike Santorelli tied the game with a power-play goal for his 14thof the season at 19:31 of the period. Ã‚  Dirk Southern and Nathan Oystrickassisted on the goal. 

 

MTU took the 2-1 lead when Nick Anderson scored a power-playmarker at 1:41 of the second period.  Waugh scored his second goal of theseason to tie the game once again at two-all at 18:52 of the period.  â€ÂœBattle of the U.P. and every game that we have with them is going to be fought down to thelast minute,â€Â Waugh said.  â€ÂœAs you saw on the ice it was pretty intense with alot of emotions.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  Darin Olver and Pat Bateman assisted. 

 

The third period saw the â€Â˜Cats take the 3-2 lead whenSouthern scored his eighth goal of the season at 14:08.  â€ÂœI have been trying toshoot low and then I have been trying to shoot high,â€Â Southern said.  â€ÂœIf Icould get something on that cross and it just squeaked through his arm pit andit dribbled in.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Santorelli and Andrew Contois were given credit with thehelper.  MTU tied the game at three with a power-play goal by Mike Batovanja at17:26. 

 

NMU had eight shots on goal in the extra five minutes, butcame away empty handed.  With about three seconds left in OT, Oystrickâ€Â™s shothit the pipe and came bouncing out.  MTU had two shots in the overtime period. For the game the â€Â˜Cats had 34 shots to 31 for the Huskies.  NMU was 1-4 on thepower play for the game while MTU was 2-7. 

 

Tuomas Tarkki had 28 saves on the night.  Cam Ellsworth forMTU had 31 saves.

 

Saturday night in Houghton (Feb. 19) the two teams will meetagain.  Also on the line is the Ramada Cup which will go to the winner of theseries. 

 

 

 

 

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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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