Hockey 'Cats Sweep Bulldogs
MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ After securing a shutout onFriday night the Northern Michigan University hockey team did not want to comeout flat on Saturday night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats scored two power-play goals on the nightand that was all they needed as they swept the Ferris State University Bulldogs2-1.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The sweep was the first for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats since October when they tookhome-and-home sweeps against Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œWe need to get wins right now.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ If we have an opportunity to sweep an opponent athome, we need to do it,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œEach night stands alone.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We have tocome back on Friday night and do a good job.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU is now 13-10-1 overall on the season and 9-8-1 in theCentral Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern and Jamie Milamassisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Bateman scored the game-winner on the power play for his seventhof the season at 7:45 of the second period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œWe are happy to be at home.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Butwe know it is not just going to happen for us.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We have to work hard,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Batemansaid.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œIt is good to get the two wins this weekend.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We have to build onthem.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œI am starting to getmy confidence back,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Zaniboni said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œOur team is playing some good D in frontof me.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mitch OÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™Keefe for Ferris had 31 saves.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 33 shots for the gamewhile the visitors had 25.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The puck will drop both nights at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.