HOUGHTON, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ It seemed at times that BillZaniboni was standing on his head with his arms flapping in the air on Saturdaynight to lead the Northern Michigan University hockey team to a 2-1 win overthe Michigan Tech Huskies to take the weekend home-and-home affair.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He endedthe night with 31 saves as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats improve to 3-1-0 on the young season whileTech falls to 1-5-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Two first period goals were all the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats needed on thenight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Bateman scored his first goal of the season at 7:39 of the openingframe to give NMU the 1-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and Matt Ciancio assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AndrewSarauer scored what turned out to be the game-winner, on the power play, at11:04 of the period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Siddall and Bateman assisted.
Mike Batovanja from Tech scored a power-play goal at 17:15of the second period to cut the lead in half (2-1).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies had theopportunities as they had 32 shots on goal for the night while the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had17.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zaniboni came up big time after time.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had three power-playopportunities while the home team had six.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rob Nolan was between the pipes forthe Huskies as he ended the night with 15 saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThese series are alwaystough,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU now holds the all-times series lead at 57-43-10which includes a 25-22-6 slate in Houghton.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was called for seven penaltiesfor 14 penalty minutes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Next week the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats go home-and-home again with their otherU.P. rival the Lake Superior State University Lakers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The series will beginCCHA play for NMU as FridayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game is in Marquette before shifting to SaultSte. Marie on Saturday.