Kevin Gardner Scores First And Last Goals Of The Game
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Could the thirdperiod of Saturday nightÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game carry over into SundayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game?ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Well the Northern Michigan University hockey team picked up where they left off on Saturday night byscoring two first period goals and added a marker in each of the next twoperiods to take the third and deciding game over the Western MichiganUniversity Broncos, 4-1, on Sunday night at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU improves to 22-10-7 on the season while the Broncos end the campaign at 14-21-2.
With the win NMU moves on to the CCHA Super Six at Joe LouisArena this coming week in Detroit.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will face Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday,March 17 in the 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal game. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI though it was a great series.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ You have to give Western a lot of credit,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe have the bestfans in college hockey.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Kevin Gardner got things rolling on Sunday night with anunassisted short-handed goal at 14:09 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt sort of had tobe done,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gardner said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œMy year so far has been under achievement.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ I knewplayoff time guys have to step up.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ I was able to contribute this weekend.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thegoal was GardnerÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s fourth of the season and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 12th short-handedgoal of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tim Hartung scored his third goal of the season at 15:51to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 2-0 advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and Pat Bateman assisted onthe goal.
Bateman then turned around and made the score 3-0 with his12th goal of the season at 4:49 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver pickedup his second assist on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU would get on the board with a goal at15:11 of the period by Jeff Pierce on the power play to cut the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats lead to3-1.
Gardner capped off the scoring with his fifth goal of theseason on another unassisted marker at 17:21 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gardner has scored four of his five goals over the past two weekends.
WMU had the shot advantage on the night with 30 shots ongoal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 21 shots for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 0-6 on the power play while theBroncos were 1-5 with the extra man.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas Tarkki for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 29 saveson the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe just decided that we are not going to lose this gametonight,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkki said. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe just have to go there (The Joe) and do our job.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ DanielBellissimo turned away 17 shots for WMU.