Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Two second period goalswere all the Northern Michigan University hockey team needed on Saturday nightat the Berry Events Center.  The Wildcats defeated Wayne State University in a non-conference affair 2-1.  With the win the â€Â˜Cats are still perfect againstthe Warriors with a 7-0-0 slate.  For the season NMU is now 16-12-2 while WSUfalls to 5-16-5.


Mike Santorelli gave the â€Â˜Cats a 1-0 lead with his 11thgoal of the season at 00:56 of the second period.  Pat Bateman and Zach Tarkirassisted on the goal.  Nathan Oystrick made the score 2-0 with his sixth goalof the season on the power play at 9:57.  â€ÂœI thought we played hard for thefirst two periods,â€Â Oystrick said.  â€ÂœWe played an all around good gamedefensively.â€ÂÃƒ‚  Bateman picked up his second assist on the night as Jamie Milamhad the other helper. 


Jason Bloomingburg cut the lead to one for the Warriors withhis eighth goal of the season at 8:47 of the third period.  The Warriors hadchances to tie the game, but Bill Zaniboni came up big.  He ended the nightwith 20 saves to go to 12-9-2 on the season.  â€ÂœWe won battles down low,â€ÂZaniboni said.  â€ÂœWe have three big weekends coming up.â€ÂÃƒ‚ 


Will Hooper from WSU ended the night with 30 saves for thegame.  Both sides had six power plays for the game.  NMU out-shot WSU 32-21. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚œOverall I am just glad to get through it and get two wins and move forward,â€ÂWalt Kyle said.  â€ÂœI did not like our third period.  But other than that Ithought that we did a real good job.â€ÂÃƒ‚ 


NMU will play five of the next six games at the Berry Events Center.  All the games are Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA)games.  First up is Nebraska-Omaha next weekend (Feb. 10-11) the puck will dropat 7:35 both nights.






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director