FAIRBANKS, Alaska ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Leaving Wednesday for itslongest road trip of the season the Northern Michigan University hockey team traveledto Fairbanks, Alaska to take on the Nanooks for two Central Collegiate HockeyAssociation (CCHA) games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats might have been experiencing some jet lagas UAF scored three goals in the second period which turned out to be enough asthe Nanooks took the first game of the weekend series, 3-1, on Friday night atthe Carlson Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have dropped six of their pastseven games, now stand 6-7-0 overall and 3-6-0 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Nanooksimprove to 6-3-2 and 4-2-1 respectively.
Neither team scored during the first 20 minutes of play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But, the second period saw the home team strike for two goals within about aminute of each other.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tyler Eckford gave the home team the 1-0 lead with hissecond goal of the season at 1:17 of the period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle Jones made the score 2-0with his second of the season at 2:14.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both of the goals were unassisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thethird UAF goal of the period was scored by Braden Walls at 12:48.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThey are avery good team,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThey capitalized on their opportunities.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Zach Tarkir scored the lone ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat goal on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Heturned the light on for his second goal of the season at 8:37 of the thirdperiod.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dusty Collins and Nathan Sigmund assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU had 35 shots for the night while UAF had 31.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ BillZaniboni was between the pipes for NMU as he turned away 28 shots to run hisrecord to 5-5-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Chad Johnson for the Nanooks had 34 saves to pick up histhird win of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI thought in the third period their goaltenderplayed exceptionally well,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œHe made some big saves as well.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
A total of six power plays were skated for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was0-4 while UAF was 0-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The two teams will meet again on Saturday night for thesecond game of the weekend tilt.