Wildcats Return to Action Hosting Ranked Minnesota State

Wildcats Return to Action Hosting Ranked Minnesota State

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (4-2, 2-0 WCHA) returns to action after having last weekend off when they host No. 9 Minnesota State University, Mankato (5-2, 3-1 WCHA) Friday and Saturday in the Berry Events Center. Both contests will feature a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Coverage of the contest can be found at nmuwildcats.com, while there will also be in-game updates on Twitter at @NMU_Wildcats.

Saturday's game will feature a special promotion in conjunction with the JDRF "TypeOneNation" Summit which will take place Saturday morning in the Superior Dome. Individuals, families, and caregivers at all stages of life are welcome to attend the Summit where they can hear from experts, meet with other attendees, and participate in discussion. Attendees of the event will receive free admission to the NMU Volleyball and Hockey events on Saturday, while their friends and family are eligible for $10 tickets the evenings Wildcat Hockey game.

To register for the event or find more information, click HERE.

Weekly Notes:

For game notes, click HERE.

A Week's Rest. NMU met #5/6 University of Wisconsin for a weekend series at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin two weekends ago. The Wildcats began the weekend with an overtime win on Friday, while the Badgers got their revenge on Saturday earning a 4-0 shutout victory.

OT Thriller. Offense was not a problem for either team in Friday's neutral site contests against #5/6 Wisconsin in Green Bay. Both teams scored a combined nine goals with NMU netting their fifth and final in the first sudden-death overtime period. Junior forward Denver Pierce scored the goal with 18 seconds remaining in the period for his second goal of the game giving the Wildcats the 5-4 victory. Junior forward Troy Loggins and sophomore defender Philip Beaulieu were credited with assists on the play.

Beaulieu Fuels the Offense. Beaulieu led the Wildcats in their series with Wisconsin with three points on a goal and two assists. All three points came in the series-opener on Friday with the sophomore being involved in three out of the five NMU goals. Beaulieu more than doubled his season point total which rises to five on two goal and three assists.

Among the Nation's Best. After the week off, Robbie Payne is now tied for second in the country with six goals and is tied for ninth with a plus-minus rating of plus-six. On the year, Payne has eight points on six goals and a pair of assists, including four multi-point contests.

Between the Pipes. Atte Tolvanen has started each of the Wildcats' six games in 2017. The junior has recorded 152 saves along with a 2.73 goals-against-average en route to a 4-2 mark through the first month of the season. Mathias Israelsson has appeared in two contests including a 21-save performance against Wisconsin on October 21.

Receiving Votes. NMU received votes in the latest USCHO.com rankings, earning 12 votes. A week ago, the Wildcats received votes for the first time in the USCHO.com poll during the 2017 season, earning four.

Potulny in his First Season. Grant Potulny is in his first season at the helm of the Wildcats. Potulny owns a 4-2 mark overall and 2-0 record in WCHA play at NMU. As an eight-year assistant coach at his alma mater, Minnesota, Potulny helped the Gophers to a 182-105-26 (.623) record and two Frozen Four appearances.

NMU versus Minnesota St. The two programs have competed 14 times with the first meeting happening in the 2013-14 season. The Wildcats trail in the all-time series, 2-9-3 after Mankato took two victories a season ago in Mankato, Minnesota.