Beaulieu Honored as Wildcat Re-Enter Rankings

Beaulieu Honored as Wildcat Re-Enter Rankings

MARQUETTE, Mich.— No. 20 Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (15-10-3, 13-5-2-2 WCHA) re-entered the national rankings for the first time since the November 13, 2017 edition of the rankings. Additionally, sophomore defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

The first weekly award of his career, Beaulieu earned the award after a standout game on Saturday helping the Wildcats retain the Cappo Cup. The sophomore defense man scored or assisted on each of the three NMU goals in the contest, including scoring the game winning goal in the third period. 

Beaulieu finished the weekend tied for the third most points in the WCHA, tied for second among league defenseman. His two goals were tied for most among WCHA blue-liners over the weekend.

For the season, Beaulieu has appeared in all 28 contests earning 23 points on eight goals and 15 assists.

Beaulieu is the sixth Wildcats to earn weekly conference honors this season. Senior defenseman Jordan Klimek (Langley, British Columbia) earned defensive player of the week honors twice in December en route to player of the month honors. Senior forward Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan) has earned the offensive award twice, while junior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) won the award a week ago. Sophomore goaltender Mathias Israelsson (Ytterby, Sweden) and junior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) have each been named goaltender of the week once.

The Wildcats rose from receiving votes to number-20 in the USCHO.com Poll after a weekend sweep of Lake Superior State University to retain the Cappo Cup with a 3-1 record in the season series. The 101 votes received is 41 more than last week's total for NMU.

NMU's 101 votes are the most for the Wildcats since the December 1, 2014 edition of the poll when they received 109 and a 19th-place ranking. That was also the last time NMU was ranked prior to this season.

In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, the Wildcats are receiving votes, earning nine.

NMU looks to continue their current four-game win streak when they make their second road trip of the season to Alaska this weekend. The Wildcats will take on the University of Alaska Anchorage for a two-game series. The puck will drop at 11:30 p.m. (EDT) both Friday and Saturday evening.

 

USCHO.com Poll

Rk Team            First-Place     Record   Pts.  Last
 1 Notre Dame               (33)   19- 4-1      981      1
 2 Cornell                      (15)    16- 2-1     942      4
 3 Clarkson                    ( 1)    18- 4-2     873      2
 4 Denver                      ( 1)    14- 6-4     847      5
 5 St. Cloud State                   14- 5-3      804      3
 6 Ohio State                          15- 5-4     748       6
 7 Minnesota State                  18- 7-0      696      9
 8 Northeastern                      15- 6-3      595      8
 9 Minnesota Duluth                13- 9-3     573     14
10 Providence                        16- 8-2      543     10
11 North Dakota                     12- 8-6     516       7
12 Western Michigan               13-10-1    460     11
13 Minnesota                         15-12-1     439     13
14 Penn State                        13-10-3     233     12
15 Bowling Green                   14- 8-6     227      17
16 Boston College                  11- 9-3      222      16
17 Michigan                           12-10-2     204      20
18 Wisconsin                         12-12-3     164      18
19 Omaha                             12-11-1     142      15
20 Northern Michigan             15-10-3     101      NR