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DETROIT, Mich. â€Â“ Wednesday night at theCCHA Awards at the Fox Theatre, Tuomas Tarkki picked up two major awards asteammate Nathan Oystrick picked up one honor.  Tarkki took home the CCHA BestGoaltender Award and was named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Year.He also picked up the Perani Cup Team Champion Award for NMU.  Oystrick wasnamed the CCHAâ€Â™s Best Defensive Defenseman. 


Also honored were the Scholar-Athletes of the Year whichAlan Swanson was nominated, the CCHA All-Rookie Team which had NMUâ€Â™s MikeSantorelli and the CCHA All-Conference First Team which had Tarkki and Oystrickon the squad.


NMU has had three players honored as the CCHA Player of theYear.  Don Waddell won the award for the 1977-78 season, Steve Weeks was nextin 1979-80 and Jeff Pyle won it for 1980-81.  Tarkki led all CCHA goaltendersin both conference (16-4-2;1.81;.936) and overall games (20-7-5;1.97;.933).  Heis on track to set new NMU records for goals-against average and savepercentage for a season.  In CCHA action, Tarkki tied a NMU record forgoals-against average and set a new mark for save percentage for conferenceaction for a season.  Former â€Â˜Cat, Jeff Poeschl was named the top goaltenderfor the CCHA for the 1980-81 season.


Oystrick is the first â€Â˜Cat to be honored with the CCHA BestDefensive Defenseman.  He was a leader of a unit that led the CCHA inconference (2.04 gpg) and overall (2.18 gpg) team defense.  The â€Â˜Cats gave up57 goals in CCHA games and 85 overall for the 2004-05 season. Ã‚  The NMU penaltykill unit was second in the CCHA (.887 percent) and third overall in theconference (.843 percent).  Oystrick is tied for fourth overall (+23) inplus/minus for the CCHA.




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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director