Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich.  â€Â“ For the third timein four weeks a Wildcat had a hat trick.  Friday night at the Berry Events Center it was Dirk Southernâ€Â™s turn for his first career hat trick.  He followsAndrew Contois (Ferris State) and Darin Olver (Notre Dame) with the hattricks.  The Northern Michigan University hockey team defeated the Wayne StateUniversity Warriors 3-1 in a non-conference game.  NMU is now 15-12-2 overallon the season.  The Warriors are now 5-15-5.  â€ÂœWe had the puck so much tonightthat you are trying to force plays and create offense,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœTheremay have been some turnovers.â€Â


Southernâ€Â™s three goals were all scored a different way. Ã‚ His first goal of the game and eighth of the season was a short-handed marker at4:28 of the first period.  Pat Bateman assisted.  WSU tied the game at one-allon a goal by Mark Cannon at 1:53 of the second period.  Southern made the score2-1 with a power-play goal for his ninth of the season at 9:07 of the secondperiod.  Jamie Milam and Nathan Oystrick assisted.  Southernâ€Â™s third goal of thegame was even-strength at 12:29 of the third period.  Geoff Waugh and MikeSantorelli assisted.  â€ÂœIt is always nice to get a win at home and put a coupleof goals in,â€Â Southern said.  â€ÂœI have been struggling a bit lately.â€Â


Derek Janzen got a start in goal tonight.  He responded with24 saves.  â€ÂœIt is always nice to get in there.  Billy has been on a roll allseason,â€Â Janzen said.  â€ÂœI have been patient and practicing hard everyday.â€ÂÃƒ‚  MattKelly for WSU had 31 saves on the night.  NMU had 34 shots to 25 for theWarriors.  The â€Â˜Cat penalty kill unit shut down the Warriors on three powerplays.  NMU had four power plays for the game. 


The two teams will drop the puck on Saturday night (Feb. 4)at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director