Press Box


FAIRBANKS, Alaska â€Â“ With the temperature hoveringaround -20 on the outside of the Carlson Center the Northern MichiganUniversity hockey team was hot on the inside of the building.  The â€Â˜Cats struckfor four third period goals to break open a close game against the AlaskaFairbanks Nanooks and win their ninth game of the season 5-3.  NMU is now 9-4-3overall on the season and 7-3-2 in the CCHA.  UAF falls to 6-7-1 and 5-6-1 inthe conference.


With the Nanooks up 1-0 in the first period, Pat Batemanscored his fourth goal of the season to tie the game at 10:20 of the openingframe.  Darin Olver and Matt Maunu assisted on the goal.  UAF would score agoal, by Curtis Fraser, in the second period at 1:17 to take the 2-1 lead aftertwo periods of play.


Then the third period that saw Tim Hartung score apower-play goal at 2:26 for his second of the season to tie the score attwo-all.  Olver and Bateman assisted.  Alan Swanson then scored his first goal ofthe season at 4:38 to give the â€Â˜Cats the 3-2 lead at 4:38.  Rob Lehtinenassisted on the goal.  The home team would tie the game at three on a goal byCramer Hickey at 9:48.  Mike Santorelli would add a power-play marker at 11:46for the game-winning goal (4-3) which was his ninth of the season.  Geoff Waughand Zach Tarkir assisted.  Nathan Oystrick added an empty net goal, for hisfifth of the season, at 18:55 for the final margin of the game.  Olver pickedup his third assist on the night and Maunu his second on Oystrickâ€Â™s goal.


The â€Â˜Cats were 2-4 on the power play on the night while theNanooks were 1-5.  UAF had the shot advantage with a 37-35 slate.  TuomasTarkki was between the pipes for the â€Â˜Cats as he turned away 34 shots.  WylieRogers for UAF registered 30 saves.


NMU will not be back in action until Dec. 22 when they willface Harvard at the Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis.  The â€Â˜Cats will alsoplay the next day at the classic.






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director