'Cats Won't Be Advancing This Year
DETROIT, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team has advanced to the three previous CCHA Super Six semifinalgames.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats wonÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™t be advancing this year as the Nanooks of the Universityof Alaska Fairbanks took care of the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arenaby a score of 6-3.
NMU ends the season with a 22-11-7 slate as the Nanooks willadvance at the tournament with a 16-15-4 record.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt was a tough game they didwhat they had to do,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThey played very well and we had somebreak downs with the three power-play goals and that was the difference in thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Nanooks struck first with a power-play goal at 7:26 ofthe first period by Ryan McLeod.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU would score two goals within two minutesof each other to take the lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rob Lehtinen tied the game with his fourthgoal of the season at 10:18 of the period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Gardner and Jamie Milamassisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats then took the 2-1 lead when Tim Hartung turnedthe light on with his fourth goal of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrick and DarinOlver assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ryan McLeod tied the game at two-all with his 14thgoal of the season on the power play for the Nanooks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œSpecial teams killed ustoday,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrick said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œFive-on-five we played pretty welldefensively.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The second period saw the Nanooks take the lead for good ongoals by Aaron Lee at 2:18 and Jason Grinevitch on the power play at 11:54 totake the 4-2 lead. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick scored a power-play goal at 19:04 of the period,for his seventh of the season, to cut the lead to 4-3.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorelli andAndrew Contois assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
UAF added two more goals in the final frame for the finalmargin.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Fornataro scored a short-handed goal to give the Nanooks the5-3 lead at 8:36 of the period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle Greentree added an empty-net goal at19:58 for the final score.
UAF had the shot advantage over the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats by two shots at30-28.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas Tarkki had 24 saves on the night. Wylie Rogers from UAF turnedaway 25 shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 2-6 on the power play while the Nanooks were 3-7.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚