MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The last time the Northern Michigan University hockey team dropped the first game of the CCHA Playoffs was toNebraska-Omaha during the 1999-00 season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Mavericks ended up winning theseries in three games. Tonight at the Berry Events Center the Broncos ofWestern Michigan University got the edge on the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with the 2-1 win and nowlead the best-of-three series 1-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 20-10-7 on the season while theBroncos improve to 14-19-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œYou have to give them full credit.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ They won alot of battles,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThey executed, they got a power-play goal onus and a goal late in the first period on a turnover.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ They out played ustonight and they deserved to win.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The loss snapped the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats five-gamewinning streak and eight-game unbeaten string.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Rob Lehtinen scored the lone goal for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the nightwith his third marker of the season at 12:33 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was hisfirst non short-handed goal of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI was just in front of the net, itwas basically a rebound,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lehtinen said about his goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam and BobbySelden assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Broncos tied the game at one-all with a goalat 19:11 of the opening frame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Ansell scored his first marker of theseason unassisted to tie the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brent Walton scored the game-winning goalon the power play for WMU at 4:21 of the second period for his 21stgoal of the season.
Western Michigan dominated the shots for the game as theyhad 13 in the first period, 10 in the second and 11 in the third for a total of34 for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had seven shots in the first frame, nine in the secondand eight in the third for a total of 24.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas Tarkki turned away 32 shotson the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Daniel Bellissimo for WMU had 23 saves for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU scoredthe lone power-play goal on the night as they had four chances, while the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catswere 0-5 with the extra attacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe did not come out and play tonight,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚Nathan Oystrick said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThey beat us, simple as that.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The two teams will play the second game of the seriestomorrow night (March 12) at the Berry Events Center.