MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ When Northern Michigan andMichigan Tech clash in anything it is always entertaining and exciting.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fridaynight at the Berry Events Center a new record crowd of 4,260 saw NMU defeat theHuskies by a score of 5-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 2-1-0 on the season while MTUfalls to 1-4-0.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had a 5-0 lead before the Huskies got on theboard.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Patrick Murphy opened the scoring with his second goal of the season at2:17 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam and Bobby Selden assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MikeSantorelli made the score 2-0 with his second goal of the season at 17:50.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern picked up his fourth assist on the season and Andrew Contois hisfirst.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Murphy scored his third goal of the season and second of thenight, on the power play, at the 18:00 of the second period. Dusty Collins andAndrew Sarauer assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe have been ready to go every night,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Murphy said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe came out here knowing it was going to be a battle.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern in thethird period made the score 4-0 with his first goal of the season at 2:02.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois and Nathan Oystrick assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick followed up his assist with hisfirst goal of the 2005-06 campaign, on the power play, at 9:42 to give theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 5-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and Milam assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies got on theboard with a short-handed goal at 15:26 of the third frame.
MTU was called for 15 penalties and 41 penalty minutes whichgave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 12 power-play opportunities.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was called for nine penaltiesand 18 penalty minutes as MTU had six power-play opportunities.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Bill Zaniboni went a little over 55 minutes before giving upa goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Over two games he has gone about 115 minutes without giving up agoal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tonight he had 20 saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI was just trying to keep the puck out of ournet,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zaniboni said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI did not want to give them any momentum anytime in thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We played so solid defensively again tonight.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU registered 30 shotsfor the evening while MTU had 21.
The two teams will square off for round two tomorrow nightin Houghton.