Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. - For the second night in arow a capacity crowd (4,260) at the Berry Events Center witnessed the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Northern Michigan University Wildcats battle onthe ice. 


UM scored first, but NMU added two goals in the first periodto take the lead.  UM then scored twice in the second period before the â€Â˜Catstied it in the third to send it to overtime.  The Wolverines scored thegame-winner in OT for the win (4-3) and the sweep of the weekend series.  UMimproves to 9-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Central Collegiate HockeyAssociation (CCHA).  NMU falls to 5-5-0 and 2-4-0 respectively. 


The loss was the â€Â˜Cats fourth in a row.  This season NMU hasplayed in three overtime games and have dropped every one.  â€ÂœWe want to win andwin in this building,â€Â Walt Kyle said. 


The Wolverines scored a short-handed goal at 4:44 of thefirst period to take the early 1-0 lead.  NMU would strike twice in the firstperiod within about a five minutes time frame to take a 2-1 lead after 20minutes of play.  Jamie Milam scored his third goal of the season to tie thegame at one at 8:36.  All of his goals this season have been on the powerplay.  Darin Olver and Nathan Oystrick assisted.  Matt Siddall gave the â€Â˜Catsthe lead with his first goal of the campaign at 13:38.  Geoff Waugh and NathanSigmund assisted.


UM took the lead back in the second period with two goals. Brandon Naurato scored at 8:16 to tie the game then Jack Johnson added apower-play goal at 13:09 for the 3-2 lead. 


Andrew Contois tied the game (3-3) when he scored his thirdgoal of the season on the power play at 8:43 of the third period.  DirkSouthern and Mike Santorelli assisted.  Naurato scored his second goal of thenight for the Wolverines in overtime for the win at 2:21.  Each team had twoshots in the extra period.


NMU had 31 shots on the night to 27 for UM.  Each squad hadnine power-play opportunities as the home team scored twice and the visitorsonce.  Bill Zaniboni for NMU had 23 saves.  Billy Sauer in goal for UM had 28saves on the night.  â€ÂœWe had tons of chances,â€Â Kyle added.  â€ÂœTheir goaltenderout-played our goaltender tonight.  If we get those chances at some point wewill have a lot of success.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 


The â€Â˜Cats will cross the bridge for the second time thisseason and take the road to Bowling Green, Ohio to face the Falcons nextweekend (Nov. 18-19).






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director