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MADISON, Wis. â€Â“ Interim co-head coaches, JohnOlver and John Kyle, led the Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats to avictory Friday night at the Badger Showdown.  They are coaching in place ofWalt Kyle who is in Vancouver, B.C. as the head coach of the United StatesJunior National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World JuniorChampionship. The â€Â˜Cats scored a power-play and short-handed goal in the 6-2win over the Wayne State University Warriors.  NMU will now play in thechampionship game against the winner of the Western Michigan-Wisconsin game onSaturday night.  With the win NMU is now 10-8-1 on the season.  The Warriorsfall to 3-10-1.


Nick Sirota playing in his home state scored his second goalof the season to give the â€Â˜Cats the 1-0 lead at 8:48 of the first period.  Henow has scored a goal in back-to-back games.  â€ÂœHe got us going it was a biggoal,â€Â J. Olver said.  Dirk Southern and John Miller assisted on the goal.  Thesecond period saw the â€Â˜Cats score three times to take over the game.  Southernscored the â€Â˜Cats first power-play goal in six games with his sixth marker ofthe season just 48 seconds into the period.  Mike Santorelli and Andrew Contoisassisted.  Matt Siddall made the score 3-0 with his third goal of the season at1:13.  Andrew Sarauer had the helper.  The Warriors made the count 3-1 with apower-play goal by Jason Bloomingburg at 12:08.  Santorelli scored the finalgoal of the middle frame at 17:58 for his sixth of the season for the 4-1 lead. Pat Bateman and Darin Olver assisted.  â€ÂœTonight we changed our lines a littlebit and had good balance right through our four lines,â€Â J. Olver said.  â€ÂœIn thepast we had been in a line that counted on Dirk Southern and Andy Contois tocarry us offensively.â€Â


A little less than three minutes into the third period, PatBateman made the score 5-1 with a short-handed goal at 2:59.  Olver assisted. The Warriors would score one more time to make it 5-2 when Nate Higgins scoredWSUâ€Â™s second power-play goal of the night at 3:21.  Olver added the â€Â˜Cats finalgoal at 14:59.  Bateman and Santorelli assisted.


Derek Janzen had 22 saves for the game.  Will Hooper turnedaway 37 shots in the loss.  NMU did have a season-high 43 shots for the game.  Theâ€Â˜Cat defense limited the Warriors to 24 shots.  Each team had six power-playopportunities.






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Dave Faiella
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