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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio â€Â“ What a way to break out of afour-game skid than by scoring six goals to win a game for the first time inthree weeks.  The Northern Michigan University hockey squad scored three goalsin the first period on its way to defeat the Bowling Green State University Falconson Friday night at the BGSU Ice Arena by a score of 6-3.  With the win theâ€Â˜Cats improve to 6-5-0 overall and 3-4-0 in the Central Collegiate HockeyAssociation (CCHA).  The Falcons drop to 2-7-1 and 2-5-1 respectively.


Pat Bateman got the â€Â˜Cats off and rolling with his thirdgoal of the season on the power play at 4:22 of the first period.  Matt Siddalland Jamie Milam assisted.  Matt Maunu made the score 2-0 with a short-handedgoal, which was his first of the season, at 7:28.  Andrew Contois and DirkSouthern assisted.  Andrew Sarauer made the score 3-0 with his second goal ofthe season at 13:12.  Rob Lehtinen and Contois assisted.  â€ÂœIt was a weirdgame.  I thought there were two games,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœWe scored some goalsearly.  I thought that Bowling Green played exceptionally well and did not backoff one bit.â€Â


The second 20 minutes of the contest saw the â€Â˜Cats scoretwice to extend its lead to 5-0.  Darin Olver opened the second period by knockinghome his fourth goal of the season at 2:37.  Bateman and Milam assisted.  Milamthen turned around and scored his first non power-play goal of the 2005-06season at 5:16 for his fourth marker of the season. Ã‚  Lehtinen and NathanOystrick assisted.  BGSU would make the score 5-2 with a goal by Mike Falk at9:12 of the middle frame and a goal by Alex Foster at 9:22 of the third period.


Zach Tarkir made the score 6-2 with his first goal of theseason at 12:49 of the third period.  The Falcons struck once more for thefinal margin at 14:00 by Brett Pilkington.  â€ÂœIt was not a 6-3 game,â€Â Kyleadded.  â€ÂœIt was a lot closer game than that.â€Â


Derek Janzen started his first CCHA game of his career andhe responded with 35 saves on the night.  Jimmy Spratt for the Falcons had29. Ã‚  NMU was 1-8 on the power play while the home team was 1-10. 


The two teams will square off again at the BGSU Ice Arenatomorrow night (Nov. 19) at 7:05 p.m.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director