Wildcats Secure Home Ice
MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team was in a must win situation on Friday night at the Berry Events Center against the Ohio State University Buckeyes.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats needed a winto keep their hopes of a top four finish in the Central Collegiate HockeyAssociation (CCHA).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Well the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were down 1-0 before holding the Buckeyesin check and scoring four goals for the 4-1 win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œIt is a good win against agood opponent,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œIt is important this time of year to playagainst quality opponents.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Next weekend winners advance.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 19-14-2 overall on the season and 13-12-2in the CCHA.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ OSU falls to 15-16-5 and 11-13-3 respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nebraska-Omahawho the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now battling for the fourth spot tied Western Michigan onFriday night (5-5).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UNO currently has 30 points while the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats have 28.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UNOneeds a tie tomorrow to secure and first round bye.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A UNO loss and a NMU winwould give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the first round bye.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win tonight the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats areassured of home ice next week for the first round of the playoffs.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
OSU struck first on the night when Andrew Schembri scoredhis 11th goal of the season at 14:53 of the first period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A littleless than two minutes later, Zach Tarkir tied the game with his fourth goal ofthe season at 16:06.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam gave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats thelead for good with his sixth goal of the season at 10:15 of the second period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rob Lehtinen and Matt Siddall assisted.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats would then score two power-play goals to extendits lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrick scored his ninth goal of the season at 16:24 of thesecond frame to give the home team the 3-1 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam and Olverassisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois scored his 14th marker of the season at16:09 of the third period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern and Mike Santorelli assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Forthe night the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 2-9 on the power play.
OSU was shutout on nine power-play opportunities.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheBuckeyes had the advantage on the shots with a 31-25 count.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bill Zaniboni withhis 30 saves on the night was awarded with the first star.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dave Caruso had 21saves for the Buckeyes.
The two teams will face each other tomorrow night for thesecond game of the weekend set.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As usual the puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.