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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ After securing a shutout onFriday night the Northern Michigan University hockey team did not want to comeout flat on Saturday night.  The â€Â˜Cats scored two power-play goals on the nightand that was all they needed as they swept the Ferris State University Bulldogs2-1.  The sweep was the first for the â€Â˜Cats since October when they tookhome-and-home sweeps against Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State.  â€ÂœWe need to get wins right now.  If we have an opportunity to sweep an opponent athome, we need to do it,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœEach night stands alone.  We have tocome back on Friday night and do a good job.â€ÂÃƒ‚ 


NMU is now 13-10-1 overall on the season and 9-8-1 in theCentral Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).  Ferris falls to 9-8-5 and 4-6-4respectively.


The Bulldogs struck first on the evening with a goal byCorey Couturier at 11:24 of the opening stanza.  Andrew Contois, who had thehat trick last night, tied the game on a power-play goal for his 10thof the season at 19:01 of the first period.  Dirk Southern and Jamie Milamassisted.  Pat Bateman scored the game-winner on the power play for his seventhof the season at 7:45 of the second period.  â€ÂœWe are happy to be at home.  Butwe know it is not just going to happen for us.  We have to work hard,â€Â Batemansaid.  â€ÂœIt is good to get the two wins this weekend.  We have to build onthem.â€ÂÃƒ‚  Mike Santorelli and Milam assisted.


Bill Zaniboni coming off his third career shutout last nighthad one goal-against and tallied 24 saves on the night.  â€ÂœI am starting to getmy confidence back,â€Â Zaniboni said.  â€ÂœOur team is playing some good D in frontof me.â€ÂÃƒ‚  Mitch Oâ€Â™Keefe for Ferris had 31 saves.  NMU had 33 shots for the gamewhile the visitors had 25.  NMU had seven power-play opportunities while theBulldogs were shutout on five attempts.


NMU will be home again next weekend (Jan. 20-21) againstNotre Dame.  The puck will drop both nights at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.






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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director