MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Friday the 13thwas no problem for the Northern Michigan University hockey team.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AndrewContois tallied his second career hat trick, Dirk Southern picked up fourpoints and Bill Zaniboni backstopped his third career shutout as the Wildcatsblanked the Ferris State University Bulldogs 5-0. Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU scored four of the fivegoals in the second period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats who will play 11 of their next 14 gamesat home beginning tonight are now 12-10-1 overall and 8-8-1 in the Central CollegiateHockey Association (CCHA).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris falls to 9-7-5 and 4-5-4 respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œItis nice to get the win,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œWe got to make sure we donÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™t get toohigh.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚
Contois scored the first two goals of the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His firstgoal, seventh of the season, was scored at 6:57 of the first period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œItalways feels good to score a couple of goals, especially when it helps the teamwin,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Contois said. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œI guess it is a good omen playing these guys.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ DirkSouthern and Nathan Oystrick assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His second goal was scored 23 secondsinto the second period, for his eighth of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern and Geoff Waughassisted.
Southern then scored a power-play marker at 2:39 of thesecond stanza, for his seventh of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œWell I donÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™t know if I would callit an explosion,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Southern said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œWe have been struggling to score.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contoisand Zach Tarkir assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois picked up his third goal of the game at14:26 for his ninth of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern and Tarkir assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MikeSantorelli scored the final goal of the game at 16:06 for his ninth of theseason.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and Matt Maunu assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois recorded his other hattrick against Ferris in Big Rapids, Mich. last year on Feb. 26, 2005 when hescored four goals.
Zaniboni had 25 saves on the night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œLate in the game whenBilly had the shutout going, the guys played for him,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Kyle said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ DerekMacIntyre had 20 saves for the Bulldogs.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shots were even for the game as bothsides had 25.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris was 0-6 on the power play while the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 1-5.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The teams will play the second game of the weekend settomorrow night (Jan. 14) at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The puck will drop at7:35 p.m.