MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before the Nebraska-OmahaMavericks tied the game with a goal in the second and third periods.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Catspulled out the 3-2 win as the game-winning goal was scored with 24 seconds leftin the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU is now 7-4-2 overall on the season and 5-3-1 in theCCHA.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UNO falls to 7-5-1 and 5-5-1.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œI did not think that we played wellafter the first period,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œI was not happy with our second andthird periods.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Some big players came up with some big plays at the righttime.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚
Kevin Gardner scored his first goal of the season at 4:14 ofthe first period to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The goal was the fourthshorthanded goal of the season for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ During the 2003-04 season NMUhad two shorthanded goals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrew Contois and Zach Tarkir assisted on thegoal.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorelli would score his sixth goal of the season at 17:54 togive the home team the 2-0 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Siddall and Contois assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Maverick scored goals at 10:15 of the second and 4:28 ofthe third periods.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the score tied at two-all, Nathan Oystrick somehowfound the back of the net at 19:36 of the third period for the winning goal.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œPatBateman just went down low and made a hit on a guy and the puck popped loose.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver went down and got it and just made a pass out to me.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ I shot it andit somehow found a way into the net,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Oystrick said.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Darin Olver and GeoffWaugh assisted.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UNO had one more shot than the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the night at 25-24.
Tuomas Tarkki had 23 saves for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the night as hepicked up his fifth win of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œTuomas (Tarkki) played well,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Kyleadded.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Chris Holt for UNO had 21 saves.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Neither team could score on the powerplay as NMU was 0-5 and the Mavericks were 0-8 on the night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œSpecial teamsare going to win you games,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Oystrick added.
The cluster mates will face each other for the second gameof the weekend tilt on Saturday night (Dec. 4) at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚