Wildcats Look to Clinch Home-Ice with League Series in Huntsville

Wildcats Look to Clinch Home-Ice with League Series in Huntsville

MARQUETTE, Mich.—No. 19 Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (17-10-3, 13-5-2-2 WCHA) is set to continue a four-game road trip with a series against the University of Alabama-Huntsville (9-17-2, 8-12-2-1 WCHA). The games are set for Saturday and Sunday afternoon with a 3:07 p.m. (EDT).

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

NMU alumni and friends attending this weekend's series are invited to gather on Saturday, before watching the hockey Wildcats take on the Chargers. The meet-up will take place at 1 p.m. (CDT) at the Pub located inside the Von Braun Center.

Weekly Notes:
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Winning Ways. The Wildcats earned their fifth and sixth-consecutive contests over the weekend with a series sweep over the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Currently, NMU owns the longest win streak in the WCHA, while they have also won six straight on the home ice.

Rockwood Leads the Pack. After another pair of assists over the weekend, junior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) leads the nation outright with 25 assists this season. Rockwood is also in the middle of a seven-game scoring streak where he has earned three goals and nine assists during that span. The first-year Wildcat had a nine-game scoring streak snapped in December. 

Troy's Tear. Junior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) recorded 13 points in the month of January, second most in the WCHA. His eight goals led the conference, while he also added five assists. For the season, he is tied for the NCAA lead with three short-handed goals and 10th with 32 points.

Between the Pipes. Junior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) has won six-consecutive contests in goal for the Wildcats. Tolvanen has played 12 games since his return from injury and is 9-1-1 over that stretch. The junior is currently fourth in the country with 14 wins, while his .705 win percentage is sixth-best in the NCAA.

Freshman Finding Their Way. Over the weekend, freshman defenseman Robert Fosdick (Brooksfield, Wisconsin) earned his first collegiate goal which happened to be the game winner. He also added an assist, bringing his season total to four points. Freshman forward Joseph Nardi (Edmonton, Alberta) is leading the Wildcats rookies 15 points on six goals and nine assists this season. Freshman forward Keegan Ward (Galesburg, Michigan) and freshman defenseman Adam Roeder (Ballwin, Missouri) have also scored multiple points this season, while freshman forward Caleb Schroer (Wisconsin Rapids, Michigan) has one.

Record Book Watch. A number of Wildcats are making their mark on the NMU record book. Senior forward Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan) needs just three goals to become the 35th NMU skater to score 50 in his career. Atte Tolvanen needs just three wins to move into the top-10 for goalie wins in a season. Sophomore defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) will be entering the record book soon in multiple categories, including career goals, assists, and points by a defenseman.

WCHA Standings. Despite being picked to finish seventh in both preseason polls, NMU is currently leading the WCHA at the end of January. Their 49 points are currently three more than Bowling Green State University, while preseason favorite Minnesota State University sits in third. The Wildcats need just four points over the weekend to clinch home-ice during the first round of the WCAH Playoffs.

Potulny in his First Season. Grant Potulny is in his first season at the helm of the Wildcats. Potulny owns an 17-10-3 mark overall and 15-5-2-2 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 Huntsville. The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Chargers, 12-5-3. NMU is 4-2-2 when playing at Huntsville, but have not made the trip since December of 2015. The two teams split a pair of contests earlier this season in Marquette.