'Cats Have Nine Lives
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ What looked like eliminationstaring the Northern Michigan University hockey team in the face on Saturday nightturned around and gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats another life.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Trailing 2-0 after 40 minutesof play NMU scored three third period goals within the first six-and-a-halfminutes of the period to take the 3-2 lead and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats added an empty-netgoal for the 4-2 win on Saturday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats tied the series with the WesternMichigan University Broncos at 1-1 with the third and deciding game on Sundaynight (March 13) at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Event Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tickets for thegame will go on sale at the Berry Events Center Ticket Office at 12:00 p.m.(noon) on Sunday.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 21-10-7 on the season while the Broncosare 14-20-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The winner of the game on Sunday will advance to Joe Louis Arenaand the CCHA Super Six next week in Detroit.
The Broncos scored two power-play goals to take the earlylead of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Dwyer scored his sixth goal of the season at 14:50 ofthe first period to give the Broncos the 1-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU added another marker at15:56 of the second period by Paul Szczechura for the 2-0 advantage.
Walt Kyle must have said something to the boys during thesecond intermission.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI did not give them any speech,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe talkedabout all year about winning games late and winning playoff series late.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Igive all the credit to the leadership in the room.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU came out in the thirdperiod like a different team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A loss would end the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Andrew Contois scored his 13th goal of the seasonand team-leading fourth short-handed marker to cut the lead in half to 2-1 at2:08 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt is huge any time you can score a short-handedgoal,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt swings momentum in your favor.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southernassisted on the goal. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A little over three minutes later, Jamie Milam tied thegame at two-all with his 10th goal of the season at 5:20.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For Milamit was his ninth power-play goal of the season, which leads the team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NathanOystrick and Darin Olver assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats third goal in the span came at 6:26 of the period,which turned out to be the game-winner (3-2), by Southern for his 11thof the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI just got lucky.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It just went in and the place went crazy,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚Southern said about his game-winning goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois was given the helper.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Gardner added an empty-net insurance goal at 19:35.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick picked uphis second assist on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tuomas Tarkki kept the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the game with his 29 saveson the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Daniel Bellissimo for the Broncos had 22 saves for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU was 2-4 on the power play while the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 1-4.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Broncos had the edgeon shots with a 31-26 count.