BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Northern Michigan University hockey team played its fifth straight game on the road on Friday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats struck first, but they could not hold onto the lead as the FerrisState University Bulldogs took a 5-3 decision.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Entering the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catswere 7-1-0 when scoring first in a game this season. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win theBulldogs are now 8-5-4 overall and 4-3-4 in the Central Collegiate HockeyAssociation (CCHA).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the other hand are now 7-8-0 and 4-7-0respectively.
Pat Bateman struck first for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with his fourth goalof the season at 10:10 of the first period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorelli and NathanOystrick assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs would strike twice in the period to take the2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Verdone tied the game at 11:56 on apower-play goal before teammate Jeremy Scherlinck gave the Bulldogs the lead at17:18.
The second period saw each team score twice.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contoistied the score at two-all with his sixth goal of the season at 6:50.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ZachTarkir and Matt Maunu assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team took the lead again(3-2) at 11:24 when Matt Stefanishion scored a power-play maker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dusty Collinsscoring his second goal of the season tied the game at three-all at 18:23.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ JamieMilam assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The tie would not last long as FSU took the lead for good at19:15 when Greg Rallo scored his 10th goal of the season. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU had seven shots for the third period as the Bulldogs hadfour.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But the home team did the only scoring in the period with an empty-netgoal at 19:46 by Mark Bomersback.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game NMU had 28 shots as the hometeam tallied 26.
Derek Janzen had 21 saves for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MitchOÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™Keefe picked up the win with a 25-save performance for FSU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats wenttheir third game in a row without scoring a power-play goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 0-5tonight on the power play and are 0-13 in the past three games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FSU was 2-7with the extra attacker.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The two teams will do it again tomorrow night in Big Rapids, Mich. at 7:05 p.m.