October 6, 2006

Hockey 'Cats Drop Season Opener

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team (0-1) was shutout in its opening game of the season for only the second time in school history. The Wildcats dropped its 2006-07 season opener to the defending NCAA I National Champions, the University of Wisconsin Badgers (1-0), 3-0 on Friday night. The other time NMU was shutout in its season opener was the beginning of the 1976-77 season when St. Louis defeated the ‘Cats 5-0. 
 
NMU played even with the national champions for the first 20 minutes of the game. After the first period of play the score was even at zero.
 
The Badgers took the lead in the game in the second frame when Michael Davies scored at 2:44. Matthew Ford and Tom Gorowsky assisted on the goal. For the duo it would be the first of three assists on the night.
 
In the third period UW added a delayed penalty goal by Davis Drewiske at 2:42. The Badgers third goal of the night came from Davies for his second of the game at 11:38.
 
UW had a 13-shot advantage over the ‘Cats at 36-23. Neither team scored on the power play as NMU was 0-7 while UW was 0-6. Bill Zaniboni had 33 saves on the night and picked up the loss on the night.   Brian Elliott picked up the shutout win with 23 saves.
 
The two teams will play the second game of the weekend set at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. on Saturday night.
 
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director
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