SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Two second periodpower-play goals were all the Northern Michigan University hockey team neededon Saturday in the Soo against the Lake Superior State University Lakers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUhad four power-play opportunities on the night.
With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are out of the gate with a 5-1-0overall record and a 2-0-0 mark in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association(CCHA).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers on the other hand are now 1-2-3 and 0-2-2 respectively.
Andrew Contois scored his second goal of the season at 1:57of the middle frame to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 1-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorelli and DirkSouthern assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats second power-play goal of the periodcame at 19:32 by Pat Bateman.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The goal, to make it 2-0, was his second of theseason as Jamie Milam and Darin Olver assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers added a goal at14:29 of the third period for the final margin.
Bill Zaniboni pitched a shutout for the majority of the gameas he had 24 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jeff Jakaitis from LSSU had 20 saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Againthe NMU penalty kill unit did not allow the Lakers a power-play goal in nineopportunities.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The shots were almost even as the Lakers had 25 to 22 for theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.
Next week the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will have to leave the U.P. for thefirst time this season and travel to East Lansing to face the Michigan StateSpartans (Nov. 4-5).