Wildcats Return to WCHA Play Against Anchorage in the Berry

Wildcats Return to WCHA Play Against Anchorage in the Berry

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (3-7-0, 2-2-0-0 WCHA) returns to Western Collegiate Hockey Association play on Friday and Saturday when they welcome the University of Alaska Anchorage (1-6-1, 0-5-1-0 WCHA) to the Berry Events Center.

The Wildcats will celebrate the first of two "Community Nights" weekends both Friday and Saturday. Negaunee will be celebrated on Friday evening and Munising will be celebrated at Saturday's contest. Youth 18-and-under in those communities will receive a free ticket while adult residents in those communities can purchase $7 tickets. In addition, local Wildcat fans Allen Wayne "Goofus" Ammesmaki and Greg "Pondsy" Pond will be honored during the Negaunee and Munising "Community Night".

To purchase the free or $7 tickets ahead of time, visit any NMU Ticket Outlet or online at https://tickets.nmu.edu and use the promo code "NEGAUNEE18" or "MUNISING18".

For complete game notes, click HERE.


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.

Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Friday Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2B2rCOC
Saturday Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2PWcQkX
Live Video: http://bit.ly/2OVPPdY
Live Audio: https://bit.ly/2oibr8T


The Wildcats dropped a pair of contests in a series with then-No. 17 Cornell University over the weekend in the Berry. Sophomore forward Mitchel Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minnesota) scored the lone Wildcat goal in the game for his first of the season. Senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) scored both goals in Saturday's contest, while junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) assisted on both Loggins' goals.


Loggins scored the second-most goals on the team a season ago with 23 goals, tied for ninth-most in the NCAA. He began the 2018-19 campaign with a pair of assists in a split at Michigan State University. Over the past two series, Loggins has returned to his scoring ways with three goals and an assist. He is now tied for the team lead with seven points on three goals and four assists.   


Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) has been the lone Wildcat to see action between the pipes this season. He owns a .908 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average this season and recorded his ninth and 10th career shutouts over the past three series.

He currently sits at 258 saves this season which is fourth-most in the NCAA this season. Tolvanen has 2,790 career saves and needs eight more to pass Volunteer Assistant Coach Dieter Kochan for fifth in NMU history. He also sits in the top-five for the Wildcat career record book for goalie games played, shutouts, goals against average, and save percentage. 


A pair of Wildcats lead the team with seven points this season in Loggins and Beaulieu. With six assists, Beaulieu also leads the team with six assists while last season's NCAA assist leader senior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) has five. Junior forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) has four goals on the season to lead the team while Loggins is next with three. 


Senior defenseman James Vermeulen (Stony Plain, Alberta) is set to play in his 100th career game for the Wildcats the next time he takes the ice. He will join Loggins and Tolvanen who played in their 100th contests earlier this season and senior forward Denver Pierce (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) and senior defenseman Ryan Black (Stillwater, Minnesota) who reached the milestone last season. Beaulieu, Craighead, and senior defenseman Connor Frantti (Spring Grove, Illinois) could also reach 100 games played for NMU this season. 


In the first five series of the season, NMU has been pitted against three ranked opponents, a pair of which were ranked in the top-10. As a result, the Wildcats have the seventh-hardest strength of schedule in the NCAA this 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. 


The Wildcats own the all-time series lead, 22-12-1, and have won 16 of the 20 matchups on their home ice over the Seawolves. NMU has swept a series with UAA each of the past two seasons in the Berry and have a five-game win streak.