MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (6-8-0, 5-3-0-0 WCHA) will play their third game in five days Tuesday evening when they take on No. 8 University of Notre Dame (7-4-1, 4-2-0-0 BIG TEN) in South Bend, Indiana. It will be the Wildcat's ninth contest with a ranked opponent in 15 games this season when the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. in the Compton Family Ice Arena.
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| FOLLOW ALONG
Fans can follow Tuesday's contest 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
Just one day after Thanksgiving, the Wildcats traveled to Taffy Abel Arena to take on No. 20 Lake Superior State University. Despite senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) scoring the first goal of the game early in the second period, LSSU went on to take a 4-2 win. Freshman forward Grant Loven (East Grand Forks, Minnesota) also scored in the game, netting his first collegiate goal. NMU got a 2-1 on Saturday courtesy of goals junior forward Luke Voltin (Blaine, Minnesota) and Loggins. Voltin scored in the first two minutes of the game, while Loggins added an empty net goal late in the third period.
| FAST STARTS
In four of the six Wildcat wins this season, NMU has scored the first goal of the game in the opening 10 minutes of action. They did so Saturday against the Lakers when Luke Voltin scored a goal just 2:19 into the contest giving the Wildcats the lead for the rest of the contest. When it comes to scoring early, NMU is 5-1-0 this season when leading after the opening period of play.
| OFFENSIVE LEADERS
Troy Loggins leads the team in a pair of offensive categories including goals and points. He has scored five goals in the past five games and has six goals and 11 points in 2018-19. Senior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) is ranked in the NMU top-three for goals, assists, and points. His eight assists lead the Wildcats and his 10 points are second-most on the team. Junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) shares the team lead with eight assists and is third with nine points. With five goals this season, junior forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) is second on the Wildcat roster.
| SOUNDS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
Already ranked in the top-five in five of six career goaltender records at NMU, senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) now has his eyes set on some of the top spots in Wildcat history. He is within reach of five of the six career goaltender records including games played, shutouts, and saves.
This season, Tolvanen owns a .918 save percentage and 2.31 goals against average. He has a 6-8-0 record including three shutouts, tied for the most in the NCAA. His 356 saves this season are second-most in the country. With one more shutout, Tolvanen will tie the NMU career record for shutouts with 12 and needs 545 saves to tie the career saves record.
| STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
In the first seven series of the season, NMU has been pitted against four ranked opponents, a pair of which were ranked in the top-10. As a result, the Wildcats have the 17th-hardest strength of schedule in the NCAA this season and could rise after Tuesday's bout with the ranked Fighting Irish squad.
| 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 NOTRE DAME
Tuesday's contest will be the first between the two programs since the 2012-13 series when Notre Dame won a pair in Marquette. The Fighting Irish own the all-time series lead, 24-21-8, but the Wildcats have seen success on the road against Notre Dame. The Wildcats have 10 wins and 4 ties in 25 contests in South Bend.