November 27, 2004

'Cats Shutout Lakers


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The â€Â˜Cats who have scored twogoals in the past three games erupted for three goals on Saturday night at theBerry Events Center to pick up the (3-0) win over the Lake Superior StateUniversity Lakers.  Tuomas Tarkki also picked up his first career shutout bybackstopping 18 shots on the night. 


NMU snapped their three-game losing skid and now stand at 6-4-2on the season and 4-3-1 in the CCHA.  LSSU is now 4-7-1 and 4-5-1 in conferenceplay.  â€ÂœWe were a much better team tonight,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœWe need to gettogether and play together as a group.â€Â


Pat Bateman went top shelf for the first goal of the gamewhich was his third on the season one minute into the second period.  TimHartung picked up his first assist on the season.  Andrew Contois, who beforetonightâ€Â™s game, had both of NMUâ€Â™s goals over the past three games scored twicefor the â€Â˜Cats in the third period.  Contois scored three of the four goalsagainst LSSU the past two nights.  His first goal was at 10:51 of the period togive the â€Â˜Cats the 2-0 lead.  Rob Lehtinen and John Miller assisted.  Hissecond goal of the night was an empty netter and shorthanded goal at 16:58. Contois now has two of the three shorthanded goals on the season for the â€Â˜Cats. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚œJust try to chip in where ever I can,â€Â Contois said. â€ÂœWe definitely need toget back on the winning track.â€Â


Tarkki after 40 minutes of play had eight saves on thenight.  The third period he turned away 10 shots.  â€ÂœI have been close a coupleof times,â€Â Tarkki said.  â€ÂœIt is nice to get the first one out of the way.â€Â JeffJakaitis from LSSU had 29 saves on the night. 


The â€Â˜Cat penalty kill unit shut down the Lakers in nineattempts with the extra attacker.  â€ÂœDave (Shyiak) runs it and does a great jobwith it,â€Â Kyle added.  â€ÂœHe does a good job with those guys.â€Â NMU had fourpower-play opportunities on the night.  For the night the â€Â˜Cats had 32 shots to18 for the Lakers for the game. 


The â€Â˜Cats will host cluster mate, Nebraska-Omaha, nextFriday and Saturday (Dec. 3-4) at the Berry Events Center at 7:35 p.m. bothnights.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director