'Cats Open Up CCHA Play With A Win
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bill Zaniboni kept his record cleanas he is now 4-0-0 on the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As a team the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are 4-1-0 overall and1-0-0 in CCHA play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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 ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats found a way to capitalize.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern scored ashort-handed goal 41 seconds later to give NMU the early 1-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ForSouthern it was his second goal of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois and NathanOystrick assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers would answer with their lone goal of the game at11:42 of the first period to even the count.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œAnyway I can take them, IÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™ll take them right now,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zaniboni and MattSiddall assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam scored his second goal of the season at 15:54 ofthe third period on the power play for the final margin.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both of his goalshave been on the power play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver and Pat Bateman assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU was 2-11 on the power play for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catspenalty kill unit shut down the Lakers in all seven of their power-playopportunities.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zaniboni earned first star honors as he turned away 27 shots onthe night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe knew it was going to be a war,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zaniboni said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe just haveto build and look forward to tomorrow.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jeff Jakaitis from LSSU had 20 saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were called for 11 penalties for 30 minutes while the Lakers had 13penalties for 48 minutes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI thought that we started slow,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The two teams will square off in the Soo tomorrow night(Oct. 29) for the second game of the weekend tilt.