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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ 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.  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 â€Â˜Cats with the 2-1 win and nowlead the best-of-three series 1-0.  NMU is now 20-10-7 on the season while theBroncos improve to 14-19-2.  â€ÂœYou have to give them full credit.  They won alot of battles,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœThey executed, they got a power-play goal onus and a goal late in the first period on a turnover.  They out played ustonight and they deserved to win.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  The loss snapped the â€Â˜Cats five-gamewinning streak and eight-game unbeaten string. 


Rob Lehtinen scored the lone goal for the â€Â˜Cats on the nightwith his third marker of the season at 12:33 of the first period.  It was hisfirst non short-handed goal of the season.  â€ÂœI was just in front of the net, itwas basically a rebound,â€Â Lehtinen said about his goal.  Jamie Milam and BobbySelden assisted on the goal.  The Broncos tied the game at one-all with a goalat 19:11 of the opening frame.  Nathan Ansell scored his first marker of theseason unassisted to tie the game.  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.  NMU had seven shots in the first frame, nine in the secondand eight in the third for a total of 24.  Tuomas Tarkki turned away 32 shotson the night.  Daniel Bellissimo for WMU had 23 saves for the game.  WMU scoredthe lone power-play goal on the night as they had four chances, while the â€Â˜Catswere 0-5 with the extra attacker.  â€ÂœWe did not come out and play tonight,â€ÂNathan Oystrick said.  â€ÂœThey beat us, simple as that.â€Â


The two teams will play the second game of the seriestomorrow night (March 12) at the Berry Events Center.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director