October 28, 2005

'Cats Open Up CCHA Play With A Win

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team opened up Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) playwith a 3-1 win over the visiting Lake Superior State University Lakers onFriday night at the Berry Events Center.  Bill Zaniboni kept his record cleanas he is now 4-0-0 on the season.  As a team the â€Â˜Cats are 4-1-0 overall and1-0-0 in CCHA play.  The Lakers are now 1-1-3 and 0-1-2 respectively.

 

Patrick Murphy was called for a penalty five seconds intothe game, but the â€Â˜Cats found a way to capitalize.  Dirk Southern scored ashort-handed goal 41 seconds later to give NMU the early 1-0 lead.  ForSouthern it was his second goal of the season.  Andrew Contois and NathanOystrick assisted.  The Lakers would answer with their lone goal of the game at11:42 of the first period to even the count. 

 

Darin Olver scored the game-winning goal at 4:32 of thesecond period, 2-1, on the power play for his first marker of the season.  â€ÂœAnyway I can take them, Iâ€Â™ll take them right now,â€Â Olver said. Ã‚  Zaniboni and MattSiddall assisted.  Jamie Milam scored his second goal of the season at 15:54 ofthe third period on the power play for the final margin.  Both of his goalshave been on the power play.  Olver and Pat Bateman assisted. 

 

NMU was 2-11 on the power play for the game.  The â€Â˜Catspenalty kill unit shut down the Lakers in all seven of their power-playopportunities.  Zaniboni earned first star honors as he turned away 27 shots onthe night.  â€ÂœWe knew it was going to be a war,â€Â Zaniboni said.  â€ÂœWe just haveto build and look forward to tomorrow.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  Jeff Jakaitis from LSSU had 20 saves. The â€Â˜Cats were called for 11 penalties for 30 minutes while the Lakers had 13penalties for 48 minutes.  â€ÂœI thought that we started slow,â€Â™ Walt Kyle said. 

 

The two teams will square off in the Soo tomorrow night(Oct. 29) for the second game of the weekend tilt.

 

 

 



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Dave Faiella
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