BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Sometimes a win and on the road nomatter how it is done is always welcome.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Northern Michigan University hockey team had a season-low 15 shots on goal, but still won the game 5-2 over theFerris State University Bulldogs on Friday night at Ewigleben Ice Arena.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Withthe win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 17-9-7 on the season and 14-7-4 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferrisfalls to 11-18-4 and 6-15-4 respectively.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Joe Van Culinscored a marker at 4:51 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU then answered with a goal at16:32 of the period as Mike Santorelli scored his 15th goal of theseason.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrick assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dusty Collins then gave theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the lead for good with his first goal of the season at 17:55 to make thescore 2-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Clayton Lainsbury and John Miller assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Santorelli then gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a two-goal lead with hissecond goal of the night and 16th of the season at 13:46 of thesecond period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois assisted on the goal. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs came withinone when Greg Rallo scored his seventh of the season to make the score 3-2 at1:48 of the third period.
The remainder of the third period would be all Darin Olveras he turned the light on twice in the period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His first goal of the finalframe came at 9:44 for his eighth of the season to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 4-2 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Maunu assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver then added an empty-net goal, which was his ninthof the season, for the final score at 19:11.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Bateman assisted on the goal.
Ferris had 39 shots on goal as Tuomas Tarkki turned away 37of the shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Derek MacIntyre for the Bulldogs had 10 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both squads were 0-6 on the power play.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats and the Bulldogs will square off again on Saturdaynight at 7:05 p.m.