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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team opened the 2005-06 season in fine fashion on Friday night. Bill Zaniboni backstopped his first career shutout to lead the â€Â˜Cats (1-0) to a3-0 win over the visiting St. Cloud State Huskies (0-1). Ã‚  Zaniboni turned away22 shots on the night. â€ÂœYou just go out and try to give the team a good chanceto win,â€Â Zaniboni said.  â€ÂœWe played good solid defense.â€Â


The shutout was the first opening game shutout of the seasonsince the 1999-00 season when NMU shutout Michigan Tech (9-0). Ã‚  Jamie Milam,who led the 2004-05 â€Â˜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.  Hisfirst goal of the season came at 2:20 of the opening frame.  â€ÂœI love to scorethose kind of goals from the point,â€Â Milam said.  â€ÂœI have the key from Walt hesays fire away.  Fortunately first shot is on net, first shot of the year goesin the net and I am happy about that.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  Rob Lehtinen and Dirk Southernassisted. 


Patrick Murphy made the count 2-0 with a goal at 10:50 ofthe first period.  Matt Ciancio assisted.  Lehtinen found his way into thescoring column with an empty-net goal at 19:59 of the third period.  Southernpicked up his second assist on the night on the goal. 


The Huskies had the edge in shots with a 22-18 count.  NMUhad six power-play opportunities while SCSU had seven.  Tim Boron for theHuskies had 15 saves on the night.  â€ÂœI thought our best period was our first period,â€ÂWalt Kyle said.  â€ÂœAs a team we were good defensively.â€Â


The two teams will square off again on Saturday night(Oct.15) at the Berry Events Center.  The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director