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FAIRBANKS, Alaska â€Â“ 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.  The â€Â˜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.  With the loss the â€Â˜Cats have dropped six of their pastseven games, now stand 6-7-0 overall and 3-6-0 in the CCHA.  The Nanooksimprove to 6-3-2 and 4-2-1 respectively.


Neither team scored during the first 20 minutes of play. But, the second period saw the home team strike for two goals within about aminute of each other.  Tyler Eckford gave the home team the 1-0 lead with hissecond goal of the season at 1:17 of the period.  Kyle Jones made the score 2-0with his second of the season at 2:14.  Both of the goals were unassisted.  Thethird UAF goal of the period was scored by Braden Walls at 12:48.  â€ÂœThey are avery good team,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœThey capitalized on their opportunities.â€Â


Zach Tarkir scored the lone â€Â˜Cat goal on the night.  Heturned the light on for his second goal of the season at 8:37 of the thirdperiod.  Dusty Collins and Nathan Sigmund assisted. 


NMU had 35 shots for the night while UAF had 31.  BillZaniboni was between the pipes for NMU as he turned away 28 shots to run hisrecord to 5-5-0.  Chad Johnson for the Nanooks had 34 saves to pick up histhird win of the season.  â€ÂœI thought in the third period their goaltenderplayed exceptionally well,â€Â Kyle added.  â€ÂœHe made some big saves as well.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 


A total of six power plays were skated for the game.  NMU was0-4 while UAF was 0-2. 


The two teams will meet again on Saturday night for thesecond game of the weekend tilt.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director