HOUGHTON, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan Universityhockey team had only one win in the five previous trips to Copper Country andfor some time on Saturday night it looked like the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would not improve in thewin column.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Michigan Tech Huskies held a 2-0 lead deep into the secondperiod. NMU rallied to score four un-answered goals to take the game 5-3.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Withthe win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 16-9-1 overall on the 2004-05 campaign.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskiesfall to 8-20-3.
MTU scored two power-play goals in the first two periods ofplay.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ They scored their first goal at 4:34 of the first frame by Tyler Shelastand then added another one at 4:57 of the second period by Chris Conner.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NathanOystrick broke the ice for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with his sixth goal of the season at 16:03of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and Bobby Selden assisted on the goal.
Pat Bateman tied the game at two with a short-handedunassisted goal at 5:28 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For Bateman it was his eighthgoal of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 3-2 lead with his 13thgoal of the season at 8:15 of the period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Selden and John Miller assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ DirkSouthern gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a two-goal lead at 4-2 with his ninth marker of theseason at 13:05.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SouthernÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s goal was scored on a five-on-three power play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bateman and Olver assisted.
Lars Helminen scored his eight goal of the season to get theHuskies within one at 4-3 with 15 seconds left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bateman scored hissecond goal of the night and ninth of the season with an empty-netter at19:59.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The goal was unassisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU had a 26-24 advantage on shots for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTU scoredall of their goals on the power play as they had 10 chances with the extraattacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s lone power-play goal came in nine chances.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tuomas Tarkki had 21 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cam Ellsworth alsoblocked 21 shots on the night.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats jump back into the CCHA race and will travel toBig Rapids, Mich. to take on Ferris State this Friday and Saturday night (Feb.25-26).