December 4, 2004

'Cats Still Perfect At Home


 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The â€Â˜Cats stayed perfect at homeon the season with the 6-3 win over the visiting University of Nebraska-OmahaMavericks on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center.  NMU is 6-0-0 at homewith the second sweep of the season at The Berry. Ã‚  The â€Â˜Cats are now 8-4-2 overalland 6-3-1 in the CCHA.  Throw in the final two home games the â€Â˜Cats won lastseason and they are currently 8-0-0 at the Berry Events Center.  UNO falls to7-6-1 and 5-6-1 in conference play. 

 

With the sweep of the Mavericks the â€Â˜Cats moved into thirdplace in the CCHA with Michigan State defeating Bowling Green tonight. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚œTonight we brought our game and played well,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœWe have to bethat kind of team where it is scoring by committee.â€Â

 

The game started quickly for the â€Â˜Cats as they scored theirfirst two goals of the game just 15 seconds apart on two shifts. Ã‚  MikeSantorelli scored the opening goal of the game just 24 ticks into the contest,for his seventh of the season.  Andrew Contois and Matt Siddall assisted on thegoal.  About 15 seconds later the â€Â˜Cats were up 2-0 when Tim Hartung scored hisfirst career goal (00:39).  Darin Olver assisted.

 

The second period saw NMU strike for two more scores.  MattCiancio scored his first goal of the season, unassisted, at 4:59 of theperiod.  Olver then would score his fourth of the season at 14:43.  â€ÂœTonightthey came out with their A game and those first two shifts set them back,â€ÂOlver said.  â€ÂœWe got on top of them quick and it paid off.â€ÂÃƒ‚  Contois andOystrick assisted.  UNO got on the board to make it 4-1 with a power-play goalat 3:27 of the third period.

 

Santorelli scored his second goal of the night, and eighthof the season, at 10:47 of the third period to give the â€Â˜Cats the 5-1 lead.  Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚œContoisis on fire,â€Â Santorelli said. â€ÂœIt is great to have a player like that on yourline.â€ÂÃƒ‚ Ã‚  Contois and Waugh assisted.  UNO would strike for two more scores inthe third period at 14:46 and 16:02 to narrow the lead to 5-3.  Contois scoredhis seventh goal of the season on an empty net goal at 19:13 for the finalmargin of the game.  Pat Bateman assisted.  Contois ended the night with fourpoints (1-3-4).

 

Once again the â€Â˜Cats were shutout on the power play in fivechances.  UNO converted one power-play opportunity in six chances.  NMU had 26shots for the game to 15 for UNO. 

 

Tuomas Tarkki turned away 12 shots on the night.  EricAarnio started the game in goal for the Mavericks, but after giving up thefirst two goals to the â€Â˜Cats was replaced by Chris Holt.  Holt ended the nightwith 20 saves.

 

NMU will travel to Alaska to take on Alaska Fairbanks nextweek (Dec. 10-11).

 

 

 

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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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