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EAST LANSING, Mich. â€Â“ The student (WaltKyle) almost pulled the game out over his mentor (Rick Comley) on Friday nightat Munn Ice Arena.  The â€Â˜Cats at one point of the game held a 3-1 lead over thehome team, but the Spartans scored three goals in a span of 13 minutes in thethird period to take the lead 4-3.  Nathan Oystrick tied the game at four-allwith his second goal of the season at 15:25 of the final frame.  MSU scored at2:30 of the overtime period to take the first game, 5-4, of the weekend set. 


NMU is now 5-2-0 overall on the season and 2-1-0 in theCentral Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).  MSU improves to 4-1-1 and 1-0-1respectively.  Kyle still leads the series against his mentor with a 7-4slate.  The loss snapped the â€Â˜Cats four-game winning streak against MSU. 


Drew Miller from MSU struck first at 9:10 of the firstperiod.  The â€Â˜Cats would score the next three goals of the game as two would beon the power play.   Ã‚ Rob Lehtinen scored the first power-play marker, unassisted,at 11:49 of the opening period.  Mike Santorelli added his power-play goal at8:27 of the second period for his third of the season.  Andrew Contois andOystrick assisted.  Darin Olver added an even-strength goal at 18:01 of themiddle frame.  Pat Bateman assisted.  At this point of the game NMU was leading3-1.


MSU then scored three goals in a row with two being on thepower play to take the lead once again at 4-3 at 13:01 of the third period. Oystrick picked-up second star of the game honors with his play on the night.  Heended the game with two points.  Contois and Dirk Southern assisted onOystrickâ€Â™s goal. 


Bill Zaniboni had 17 saves on the night.  His counterpartfrom MSU, Dominic Vicari tallied 18 saves.  NMU was 2-5 on the power play whileMSU was 3-7.  Shots were even for the game as each side had 22. 


The two teams will squad off again on Saturday night (Nov.5) at 7:05 at Munn Ice Arena.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director