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FAIRBANKS, Alaska â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team was hot inside the Carlson Center on Saturday night while thetemperature was hovering around -19 outside.  The Wildcats tied a season-high markwith 36 shots against the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks to split theweekend series.  NMU snapped its three-game skid against the Nanooks with the4-1 win.  The â€Â˜Cats are now .500 for the season at 7-7-0 and 4-6-0 in theCentral Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).  UAF falls to 6-4-2 and 4-3-1respectively.


Dirk Southern gave the â€Â˜Cats the early 1-0 lead at 8:03 ofthe first period when he scored his third goal of the season.  NMU is now 7-1-0on the season when scoring first.  Andrew Contois and Matt Maunu assisted on thegoal.  Kyle Greentree, from UAF, tied the game with his fourth goal of theseason at 7:04 of the second period.  â€ÂœTonight we capitalized on our chances,â€ÂWalt Kyle said.  â€ÂœLast night we did not.  We had a number of very good scoringopportunities, but their goaltender was exceptional last night.â€Â


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.  Pat Batemanand John Miller assisted.  Dusty Collins then scored his first goal of theseason at 12:21 of the third period to give the â€Â˜Cats the 3-1 lead.  PatrickMurphy and Jamie Milam assisted.  Southern scored his second goal of theevening and fourth of the season at 15:20 for the final score.  â€ÂœMy two goalswere based on two good passes from my line mates,â€Â Southern said.  Rob Lehtinenand Contois assisted.  This is the first time this season that Southern hasscored two goals in a game. 


Derek Janzen had 28 saves on the night to pick up his secondwin of the season.  Chad Johnson took the loss for the Nanooks, but had 32saves for the game.  He is now 3-1-2.  Neither team scored a power play goal asNMU was 0-3 and UAF was 0-4. Ã‚  NMU was called for only four penalties for thegame.  â€ÂœThat was the best refereed series that I have seen this year, maybe intwo years,â€Â Kyle added.  â€ÂœI thought that the referee allowed the players toplay.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  For the weekend the â€Â˜Cats were called for a total of sevenpenalties. Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ 


The â€Â˜Cats have next week off before facing Ferris State in Big Rapids, Mich. the weekend of Dec. 9-10.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director