BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team received a big game out of line mates, Andrew Contois and DirkSouthern on Saturday night at Ferris State University.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois scored fourgoals while Southern added five points in the 6-3 win over the Bulldogs.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thesweep was the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats first road sweep of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU holds onto their thirdplace slot in the CCHA with an 18-9-7 overall record and a 15-7-4 slate in theconference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris falls to 11-9-4 and 6-16-4 respectively.
Just like last night the home team scored first with a goalat 4:54 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rob Lehtinen scored a short-handed marker for hissecond goal of the season at 17:30 of the first period to tie the game at one.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both of his goals have been short-handed.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ John Miller was given the loneassist.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU now has nine short-handed goals on the season.
The second period saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats strike for three goals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois was up first with his 14th of the season and first of thenight at 9:29 for the 2-1 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern and Mike Santorelli assisted onthe goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs tied the game at two-all on a goal by Derek Nesbitt at12:26.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois then tallied his second goal of the night and 15thof the season on the power play at 14:39 to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 3-2 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern and Milam assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern then turned around and made the score4-2 with his 10th marker of the season on the power play at 17:48.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and Milam assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With seven seconds left in the period theBulldogs added a goal to narrow the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats lead to 4-3.
The final frame was all Contois as he scored his third andfourth goals of the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His first goal of the period was at 15:11 for his16th of the season, which gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a two-goal lead at 5-3.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Santorelli and Southern assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois finished off the scoring with anempty-net goal at 19:41 for the final margin of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern added hisfinal point of the game on the assist.
Both squads were 2-5 on the power play for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ingoal, Tuomas Tarkki turned away 27 shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His counterpart from Ferris, MikeBrown had 25 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After last nightÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s season-low 15 shots ongoal, the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats came back with 31 tonight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs had 30 shots on goalfor the game.
NMU will go home-and-home next weekend against Lake Superior State for the regular season finale.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats and Lakers will play inMarquette on Friday night (March 4) at 7:35 p.m. as the action then shifts toSault Ste. Marie on Saturday (March 5).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚