MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Wildcats got thehelp they needed on Saturday night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Entering the game Northern Michigan University needed a win and a Nebraska-Omaha loss to get a first-round bye in theCentral Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Playoffs.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Well both came true.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ First off NMU defeated Ohio State by a score of 4-2 and Western Michigan downedthe Mavericks.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ This means that NMU will have next weekend off (March 3-5) andwill play at home in the Berry Events Center the weekend of March 10-12.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tickets go sale Monday, Feb. 27 for the playoffs.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The price is $14 for adultsand $8 for students (NMU students and 18-under).Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU enters the playoffs with a four-game winning streak.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 20-14-2 overall and 14-12-2 in the CCHA.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ OSU falls to15-17-5 and 11-14-3 respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Buckeyes struck for two first period goals to take the2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Schembri scored a power-play markerat 10:12 of the period.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle Hood added an unassisted goal at 17:31.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats got back into the game with a three-goal secondperiod.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam got the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the board with his seventh goal of theseason.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His power-play marker was at 13:55 of the frame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and ZachTarkir assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nick Sirota tied the game about 28 seconds later with hisfifth of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SirotaÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s goal was scored at 14:23 with helpers fromPatrick Murphy and Dusty Collins.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Collins then scored the game-winner (3-2) at19:49 of the period for his fourth of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The goal was with an extraattacker as a delayed penalty was being called.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Sirota and Olver assisted.
Olver added an empty-net goal in the third period, at 19:23,for the final margin (4-2).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Milam and Rob Lehtinen assisted.
Bill Zaniboni led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats in front of the net with 19saves.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His counterpart from OSU, Dave Caruso, had 25 saves.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shots were infavor of the home team 29-21.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Each team had one power-play goal on the nightas NMU was 1-3 and OSU 1-6.