MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team opened the 2005-06 season in fine fashion on Friday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bill Zaniboni backstopped his first career shutout to lead the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats (1-0) to a3-0 win over the visiting St. Cloud State Huskies (0-1).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zaniboni turned away22 shots on the night. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œYou just go out and try to give the team a good chanceto win,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zaniboni said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe played good solid defense.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The shutout was the first opening game shutout of the seasonsince the 1999-00 season when NMU shutout Michigan Tech (9-0).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam,who led the 2004-05 ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with nine power-play goals, picked up where he leftoff as he scored the opening goal of the game on the first NMU power play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hisfirst goal of the season came at 2:20 of the opening frame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI love to scorethose kind of goals from the point,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Milam said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI have the key from Walt hesays fire away.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fortunately first shot is on net, first shot of the year goesin the net and I am happy about that.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rob Lehtinen and Dirk Southernassisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Patrick Murphy made the count 2-0 with a goal at 10:50 ofthe first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Ciancio assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lehtinen found his way into thescoring column with an empty-net goal at 19:59 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southernpicked up his second assist on the night on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Huskies had the edge in shots with a 22-18 count.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUhad six power-play opportunities while SCSU had seven.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tim Boron for theHuskies had 15 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI thought our best period was our first period,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œAs a team we were good defensively.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The two teams will square off again on Saturday night(Oct.15) at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.