MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Last year it took the Northern Michigan University hockey team (1-1-0) until February to drop a game at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ This year it took the team two games as the St. Cloud State Huskies (1-1-0)earned a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday night to split the opening series of theseason.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Andrew Contois gave the home team the early 1-0 lead withhis first marker of the season at 15:58 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southernpicked up his third assist on the young season while Mike Santorelli picked uphis first point on the assist.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies then took the 2-1 lead on goals byJoe Jensen, on the power play, at 13:43 of the second period and Andrew Gordonat 11:33 of the third.
Santorelli tied the game at two-all with his first goal ofthe season at 12:28 of the third, but it was not without controversy.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Heskated hard into the crease and while being taken down crashed into SCSUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sgoaltender, Bobby Goepfert. The question did the puck cross the line?ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Aftersome discussion it was declared a goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Bateman assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œAll I saw wasthe red light go on,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Santorelli said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI did not even know it was in.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Huskies picked up the win with a goal at 4:53 of the extraperiod when Jensen scored his second marker of the game.
Derek Janzen was in goal for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on Saturday night ashe turned away 25 shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Goepfert ended the night with 25 saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 1-4on the power play and SCSU was 1-7.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Next week the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will face another WCHA opponent with ahome-and-home series against Michigan Tech.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The action will get underway onFriday night (Oct. 21) at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On Saturday (Oct. 22) theaction moves to Houghton.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚