FAIRBANKS, Alaska ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team was hot inside the Carlson Center on Saturday night while thetemperature was hovering around -19 outside.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats tied a season-high markwith 36 shots against the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks to split theweekend series.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU snapped its three-game skid against the Nanooks with the4-1 win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now .500 for the season at 7-7-0 and 4-6-0 in theCentral Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UAF falls to 6-4-2 and 4-3-1respectively.
Dirk Southern gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead at 8:03 ofthe first period when he scored his third goal of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 7-1-0on the season when scoring first.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois and Matt Maunu assisted on thegoal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle Greentree, from UAF, tied the game with his fourth goal of theseason at 7:04 of the second period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œTonight we capitalized on our chances,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œLast night we did not.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We had a number of very good scoringopportunities, but their goaltender was exceptional last night.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Mike Santorelli scored what turned out to be the game-winner(2-1) at 10:51 of the second period for his fifth of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Batemanand John Miller assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dusty Collins then scored his first goal of theseason at 12:21 of the third period to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 3-1 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ PatrickMurphy and Jamie Milam assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern scored his second goal of theevening and fourth of the season at 15:20 for the final score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œMy two goalswere based on two good passes from my line mates,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rob Lehtinenand Contois assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ This is the first time this season that Southern hasscored two goals in a game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Derek Janzen had 28 saves on the night to pick up his secondwin of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Chad Johnson took the loss for the Nanooks, but had 32saves for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He is now 3-1-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Neither team scored a power play goal asNMU was 0-3 and UAF was 0-4.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was called for only four penalties for thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThat was the best refereed series that I have seen this year, maybe intwo years,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI thought that the referee allowed the players toplay.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the weekend the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were called for a total of sevenpenalties.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have next week off before facing Ferris State in Big Rapids, Mich. the weekend of Dec. 9-10.