Wildcats Set to Host Non-Conference Series Against #17 Cornell

Wildcats Set to Host Non-Conference Series Against #17 Cornell

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (3-5-0, 2-2-0-0 WCHA) will host their final non-conference series of the season this weekend when they welcome No. 17 Cornell University (2-2-0, 2-0-0-0 ECAC) to the Berry Events Center. Puck drop for each contest on Friday and Saturday evening is set for 7 p.m.

A reminder with Veterans Day being celebrated on Sunday, November 11 that military personnel can purchase tickets to NMU Athletic events at a discounted rate with proper military identification.

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  FOLLOW ALONG

Fans can follow both contests this weekend using the links below. These links can also be found on the team schedule or composite calendar at NMUwildcats.com.

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  WEEKEND RECAP

The Wildcats split a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contests over the weekend with then-No. 9/10 Bowling Green State University. The Falcons found a goal in each of the first two periods, but senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) cut the BGSU lead to one goal midway thought the second period. The Falcons went on to capture a 3-1 victory. 

On Saturday, NMU shutout the nation's top offense and netted two goals of their own. Senior defenseman Connor Frantti (Spring Grove, Illinois) scored just four minutes into the contest with junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) adding a goal in the third period. The Wildcats stopped 35 shots from the falcons and killed seven BGSU power play chances to help seal the win.

   SPECIAL TEAMS AND DEFENSE

Coming into the series, Bowling Green was the nation's top offensive team scoring more than five goals per contest.  The Falcons were also connecting on more than 32% of their power play chances on the season before the start of the series. The Wildcats faced 62 shots in the two games, making 59 shots, and held their opponent scoreless in 13 power play opportunities.

  ATTE BEING ATTE

For the second time this season and 10th time in his career, senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) held an NMU opponent without a goal. He owns the second-most shutouts in program history and is also ranked in the top-10 of the NMU record book for games played, goals against average, and save percentage. The shutout along with 59 saves over the weekend earned Tolvanen WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors.

In 2018-19, Tolvanen has 221 saves which is the third-highest total in the NCAA. He has started in each of the eight Wildcat contests this season and owns a save percentage of .917 and goals against average of 2.50.

  SHARING THE PUCK

Junior forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) is the top Wildcat goal scorer in this season with four goals. Three skaters have recorded four assists this season and four Wildcats have totaled five points. Craighead has five points in 2018-19 along with Beaulieu, Loggins, and senior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) who each have one goal and four assists.

  WCHA PRESEASON POLLS

The Wildcats were chosen to finish second in the WCHA Preseason Coaches' Poll and third in the UAHHockey.com Preseason Media Poll. Minnesota State University Mankato was the top pick in both polls, while NMU and Bowling Green State University flipped between second and third in the two polls.

  POTULNY IN HIS SECOND SEASON

Grant Potulny enters his second season at the helm of the Wildcats after leading a program turnaround in 2017-18. In his first season, the Wildcats advanced to the WCHA Championship game and finished the year with a 25-15-3 overall record. Prior to NMU, Potulny was an eight-year assistant at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.

  NMU VERSUS CORNELL

The two programs have met six times since 1980 with each team recording three wins. Three of those matchups came in the NCAA Tournament including a Frozen Four matchup for their first meeting in 1980. The Wildcats won that matchup and an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal series the following season. Cornell won the last meeting in 2016 at the Florida College Hockey Classic.

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