MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (13-10-3, 11-5-2-2 WCHA) finishes a four-game homestand this weekend in the Berry Events Center, taking on in-state rival Lake Superior State University (6-16-4, 4-11-3-0 WCHA). Friday and Saturday's contests are scheduled for a 7 p.m. puck-drop.
Saturday night is "Scout Night" in the Berry Events Center. Scouts and their leaders will receive discounted tickets to the contest. Visit tickets.nmu.edu or call 906-227-1032 for more information and to reserve your tickets.
Hudson's Classic Grill & Bar will host a fourth period event after Saturday's game. Fans are encouraged to attend the event at Hudson's after the conclusion of Saturday evenings contest.
Coverage of the contest can be found at nmuwildcats.com, while there will also be in-game updates on Twitter at @NMU_Wildcats.
For complete game notes, click HERE.
Ranked Sweep. A pair of victories over then-No. 14 Bowling Green State University moved the Wildcats to 5-3-1 this season against ranked opponents. NMU went 4-of-4 in the power play on Friday en route to a 5-3 victory. It took nearly 65 minutes to find a winner on Saturday. After the Falcons scored with less than two minutes to play in regulation, the Wildcats netted a goal with 6.9 seconds to play in the overtime period to secure the sweep.
More WCHA Awards. A pair of Wildcats earned weekly WCHA honors after the weekend sweep. Junior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) earned league offensive player of the week honors, while junior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) was goaltender of the week. Loggins finished his weekend scoring three goals, the most in the league, including a pair in Friday's victory. Tolvanen earned a win between the pipes in both contests.
Hobey Baker Award. Senior forward and co-captain Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan) has been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top NCAA I Men's Ice Hockey player. Currently, Payne leads the Wildcats and is second in the nation with 17 goals scored this season. With six assists, Payne has the third most points for the Wildcats with 23.
Rockwood's Assists. Junior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) recorded four assists over the weekend, including three in Friday's victory. His total for the season now sits at 21, which leads the WCHA and is tied for third most in the country. It is the most for a Wildcat since the 2012-13 season.
Home, Sweet Home. NMU returned to the Berry Events Center over the weekend after two road series and a month away. A sweep over then-No. 14 BGSU gave the Wildcats their third and fourth-consecutive home wins on their home ice. NMU also swept Ferris State University before the holiday break. The four-consecutive make for the longest current home win streak in the WCHA.
WCHA Standings. Despite being picked to finish seventh in both preseason polls, NMU is currently ranked second in the WCHA standings. The Wildcats are three games behind Minnesota State University, but the Mavericks have played two more league games than NMU. Bowling Green and Bemidji State University round out the top four looking to host first-round playoff series.
Potulny in his First Season. Grant Potulny is in his first season at the helm of the Wildcats. Potulny owns an 13-10-3 mark overall and 11-5-2-2 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 Lake Superior St. The two programs have met 123 times since 1976, the second most of any opponents for the Wildcats behind Michigan Technological University. NMU owns the series lead 68-42-13, including a 43-14-5 record on their home ice. Earlier this season, the two teams split a home and home series to open 2017-18.