Nick Sirota Helps 'Cats Win With First Career Goal
MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ After going scoreless on Saturdaynight the Northern Michigan University hockey team woke up for the Sundaymatinee by scoring the first goal of the game just 18 seconds into thecontest.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU added two more goals in the period to take the 5-2 game againstthe Western Michigan University Broncos.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The win gives the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 9-8-1overall record entering the Christmas break and a 6-7-1 slate in CentralCollegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Broncos are still looking forits first road win of the season (0-5-2).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU is currently 4-9-3 and 4-6-2respectively.
Pat Bateman did not waste any time as he scored the openinggoal of the game to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 1-0 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œI went to the net and the puckwas right in the crease,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Bateman said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œAll I had to do was tip it in.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NathanOystrick and Bill Zaniboni assisted on the goal.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam made the score2-0 with his fifth goal of the season at 8:23 of the first period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The assistwas given by Andrew Sarauer and Dusty Collins.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Nick Sirota capped the scoring in the period with his firstcareer goal at 19:31 in his third game in a Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cat uniform.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œAfter scoring thatgoal it was a huge adrenaline rush,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Sirota said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Spencer Dillon picked up hisfirst career point on the assist along with Rob Lehtinen.
WMU cut the lead to 3-2 on goals by Brent Walton on thepower play at 8:47 of the second period and a short-handed marker by PaulSzczechura at 5:08 of the third period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver added a goal at 16:21 ofthe frame (4-2) as Bateman and Mike Santorelli assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern addedthe final marker at 17:20.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Milam and Zach Tarkir passed out the assist.
For the sixth game in a row, the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats did not convert onthe power play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 0-38 over that span.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WMU was 1-9 on the powerplay.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Zaniboni had 19 saves for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Daniel Bellissimo had a 24-savegame on Sunday.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Once again NMU had the advantage on shots with a 29-21 edge.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œI was pleased with our defensive effort,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œFor us to be ableto hang in there and finish the job late.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ I though that was impressive.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will have some time off before facing Wayne State at the Badger Showdown on Dec. 30.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Wisconsin and Western Michigan will play inthe other game that day.Ãƒ‚Ã‚