Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Wildcats got thehelp they needed on Saturday night.  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.  Well both came true. First off NMU defeated Ohio State by a score of 4-2 and Western Michigan downedthe Mavericks.  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. Tickets go sale Monday, Feb. 27 for the playoffs.  The price is $14 for adultsand $8 for students (NMU students and 18-under). 


NMU enters the playoffs with a four-game winning streak. The â€Â˜Cats are now 20-14-2 overall and 14-12-2 in the CCHA.  OSU falls to15-17-5 and 11-14-3 respectively. 


The Buckeyes struck for two first period goals to take the2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.  Andrew Schembri scored a power-play markerat 10:12 of the period.  Kyle Hood added an unassisted goal at 17:31. 


The â€Â˜Cats got back into the game with a three-goal secondperiod.  Jamie Milam got the â€Â˜Cats on the board with his seventh goal of theseason.  His power-play marker was at 13:55 of the frame.  Darin Olver and ZachTarkir assisted.  Nick Sirota tied the game about 28 seconds later with hisfifth of the season.  Sirotaâ€Â™s goal was scored at 14:23 with helpers fromPatrick Murphy and Dusty Collins.  Collins then scored the game-winner (3-2) at19:49 of the period for his fourth of the season.  The goal was with an extraattacker as a delayed penalty was being called.  Sirota and Olver assisted.


Olver added an empty-net goal in the third period, at 19:23,for the final margin (4-2).  Milam and Rob Lehtinen assisted.


Bill Zaniboni led the â€Â˜Cats in front of the net with 19saves.  His counterpart from OSU, Dave Caruso, had 25 saves.  Shots were infavor of the home team 29-21.  Each team had one power-play goal on the nightas NMU was 1-3 and OSU 1-6.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director