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KALAMAZOO, Mich. â€Â“ Two second period goals bythe Northern Michigan University hockey team on Saturday afternoon was all theWildcats needed as they skated to a two-all tie against Western Michigan University.  With the tie the â€Â˜Cats snapped its four-game losing skid at Lawson IceArena.  NMU is now 14-12-2 overall on the season and 10-10-2 in the CentralCollegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).  The Broncos are now 6-16-4 and 6-11-3respectively. Both ties this season have now been against WMU as the two teamstied in Marquette in December.  NMU is now 0-3-2 in overtime games for the2005-06 season.


The home team took the 1-0 lead on a power-play goal byDaryl Moore at 18:42 of the first period.  Nathan Sigmund scoring his firstcollegiate goal tied the game at 3:05 of the second period.  Rob Lehtinen andNick Sirota assisted on the goal.  The Broncos would score their secondpower-play goal of the afternoon, to take the 2-1 lead, at 3:54 of the secondperiod.  Mike Santorelli scored what turned out to be the game-tying goal at19:21 of the middle frame.  The goal was his 10th of the season asJamie Milam assisted.


Bill Zaniboni had 22 saves for the game.  Daniel Bellissimoturned away 29 shots for the Broncos.  NMU did have seven more shots than WMUwith 31.  The â€Â˜Cats were 1-5 on the power-play while the Broncos were 2-7.


NMU will not leave the U.P. for the rest of the regularseason.  The â€Â˜Cats have seven of the next eight games at the Berry Events Center.  The only away game is a Feb. 17 date at Lake Superior State.  First up next weekend (Feb. 3-4) is a non-conference series against the Wayne StateUniversity Warriors of College Hockey America (CHA).  WSU and NMU met a coupleof weeks ago at the Badger Showdown, with the â€Â˜Cats winning 6-2. 






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director