MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ For the second time inalmost a year, the Northern Michigan University hockey team skated to a 0-0 tie.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ This time it was against Western Michigan University on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center. Last year, the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats skated to NMUÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s first 0-0 tie in history againstHarvard at the Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis before Christmas (Dec. 22).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But in that game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats won in a shootout.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the tie the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now8-8-1 overall and 5-7-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Broncos are now 4-8-3 and 4-5-2 respectively.
NMU had chances in the game as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats hit two posts and outshotthe Broncos 31-18.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU had two shots in the overtime period as NMU had one.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Also for the fifth game in a row, the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats did not score on the power play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tonight, NMU was 0-10.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU was 0-8 with the extra man.
Both goaltenders played well.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMUÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s netminder, DanielBellissimo, had a 31-save effort and was named the first star of the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bill Zaniboni had 18 saves on the night and was named the second star of thegame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The two teams will play a Sunday matinee (Dec. 18) at 2:05p.m. at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the first time ever, the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will beappearing on College Sports Television (CSTV) tomorrow.Ãƒ‚Ã‚