Press Box


FAIRBANKS, Alaska â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team played four games in Fairbanks, Alaska during the 2003-04season.  The â€Â˜Cats were swept during the regular season and then did thesweeping in the playoffs.  But this is a new season and the â€Â˜Cats and Nanooksskated to a 2-2 tie in their first meeting for the 2004-05 season.  With thetie the â€Â˜Cats are now 8-4-3 overall and 6-3-2 in CCHA play.  UAF is 6-6-1 and5-5-1.


Jamie Milam was all that the â€Â˜Cats needed on the night as hewas selected the first star of the game.  He scored two power-play goals forhis third and fourth goals of the season.  NMU had been 0-34 on the power playin the six previous games.  His first goal which gave the â€Â˜Cats the early 1-0lead was at 19:35 of the first period.   Darin Olver and Pat Bateman assistedon the goal.  UAF tied the game at one-all with a goal by Kelly Czuy at 12:25of the second period.


Milamâ€Â™s second marker of the game came at 4:41 of the thirdperiod, as the â€Â˜Cats re-took the lead 2-1.  Tim Hartung was given credit forthe helper.  The Nanooks tied the game at two when Curtis Fraser scored hissixth goal of the season on the power play at 17:31 of the third frame. Neither team scored in the extra five minute skate.


The â€Â˜Cats were 2-5 on the power play for the game.  For theseason the â€Â˜Cats are 13-92 overall on the power play and 7-65 in CCHA games.  Thehome team had 22 more shots than NMU on the night at 47-25.  UAF was 1-9 withthe extra attacker.   Bill Zaniboni had a career-high 45 saves on the night. Wylie Rogers for UAF turned away 23 shots.


The teams will square off again on Saturday night (Dec. 11)at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director