MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ What a difference aweek makes.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Last week the Northern Michigan University hockey team looked likethey were going to play themselves out of home ice for the playoffs.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Moveforward a week and the Wildcats are back in the hunt after taking care of the LakeSuperior State University Lakers over the weekend.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Last night the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats won inovertime in the Soo and on Saturday night the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats won at home by a 5-1 score.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œWe are happy for the moment.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We understand the challenges that lie ahead,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚Walt Kyle said. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œWe have a big series here next weekend against Ohio State.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚
NMU is now 18-14-2 overall and 12-12-2 in the CentralCollegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU falls to 15-11-6 and 11-11-4respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats keep the Cappo Cup in Marquette.
Mike Santorelli gave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 1-0 lead when he scored apower-play goal at 14:38 of the first period for his 13th goal ofthe season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois and Geoff Waugh assisted on the goal.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakerstied the score when Troy Schwab scored his own power-play marker at 4:08 of thesecond period.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats would score four more goals in the second frame toopen the game up.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrick added his own power-play goal at 9:38 forhis eighth goal of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Contois and Santorelli assisted on the goal.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Siddall made the count 3-1 when he scored his fifth goal of the season at11:12.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Sigmund and Matt Maunu assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Santorelli scored his secondgoal of the night at 14:05 and 14th of the season to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Catsa 4-1 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick and Darin Olver assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nick Sirota scored the finalgoal of the game at 16:44 for his fourth marker of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Bateman andGeoff Waugh assisted.
NMU converted half of its power-play chances on the evening asthey were 3-6.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers were 1-6 with the extra attacker.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shots were evenas both sides had 24.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bill Zaniboni went the distance for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats as heended the evening with 23 saves and the win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He is now 14-10-2 on the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jeff Jakaitis began the game in goal for the Lakers and lasted two periods.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Heended the game with 18 saves.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Willie Ciccone played 20 minutes for the Lakersand had one save.
NMU will host Ohio State next weekend (Feb. 24-25) for theregular season finale.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The puck will drop both nights at 7:35 p.m.