Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Could the thirdperiod of Saturday nightâ€Â™s game carry over into Sundayâ€Â™s game?  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.  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.  NMU will face Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday,March 17 in the 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal game. â€ÂœI though it was a great series. You have to give Western a lot of credit,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœWe have the bestfans in college hockey.â€Â


Kevin Gardner got things rolling on Sunday night with anunassisted short-handed goal at 14:09 of the first period. Ã‚  â€ÂœIt sort of had tobe done,â€Â Gardner said.  â€ÂœMy year so far has been under achievement.  I knewplayoff time guys have to step up.  I was able to contribute this weekend.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  Thegoal was Gardnerâ€Â™s fourth of the season and the â€Â˜Cats 12th short-handedgoal of the season.  Tim Hartung scored his third goal of the season at 15:51to give the â€Â˜Cats the 2-0 advantage.  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.  Olver pickedup his second assist on the night.  WMU would get on the board with a goal at15:11 of the period by Jeff Pierce on the power play to cut the â€Â˜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.  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.  NMU had 21 shots for the game.  NMU was 0-6 on the power play while theBroncos were 1-5 with the extra man.  Tuomas Tarkki for the â€Â˜Cats had 29 saveson the night.  â€ÂœWe just decided that we are not going to lose this gametonight,â€Â Tarkki said. â€ÂœWe just have to go there (The Joe) and do our job.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  DanielBellissimo turned away 17 shots for WMU.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director