NMU visits Alabama Huntsville This Weekend

NMU visits Alabama Huntsville This Weekend

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (14-13-0, 13-7-0-0 WCHA) hits the road this weekend as the Wildcats visit University of Alabama-Huntsville  (6-23-1, 6-15-1-1 WCHA) on Friday and Saturday. Friday's game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. while Saturday's contest is scheduled for a 4:30 start.


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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The Wildcats took on their second ranked opponent in two weeks and split their series with #13 Bowling Green State University. Friday night was a game of back and forth with both teams trading penalties and goals leading to an overtime victory for the Falcons.  NMU bounced back quickly with three goals in the first period Saturday to lead 3-1 at the first intermission.  The ranked Falcons added a goal in the final minute after playing with an extra man for nearly three minutes to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory.


NMU is currently in fourth place, with 39 points, in the league but are only 4 points out of second place. In a tight WCHA race, the Wildcats will host the first round of the WCHA Playoffs as long as they remain in the top four. The can improve their staning as they still take three teams within five points of the Wildcats. After this weekend, NMU takes on Bemidji State University (6th place, 34 points), Lake Superior State University (3rd place, 41 points) and Michigan Technological University (5th place, 36 points) to close out the year.


As the season continues, senior Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) continued his climb up the NMU record book. After tying the career shutouts record with 12 last month by shutting out Alaska Anchorage, he is one shy of the school record with another chance for a shutout this weekend. Tolvanen needs just 8 more games played and 250 saves to tie reach the top of those statistical records as well. He is also within reach of the career goals against average (2.24) and save percentage marks (.924).


Junior Phillip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minn.) and seniors Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.) hold their tie as the team's point leaders. The duo has proven that they are in it together with Loggins scoring his 12th goal of the season assisted by Beaulieu. This was Beaulieu's 18th assist of the season and 25th of his career. Securing his spot at ninth all-time among defenseman. On Saturday night both skaters were able to secure yet another assist putting them both at 23 points for the season.


Over the past three regular seasons, NMU has played their best hockey in the second half of the season. In each of the past two seasons, the team has owned the best record in the WCHA after the start of the new calendar year, including a seven-game win streak last season en route to a conference finals run. Since the 2015-16 campaign, the Wildcats are a combined 31-17-4 in the regular season after the calendar turns. The Wildcats start off this calendar year up 5-3 with their only losses coming from ranked opponents.


NMU has played Alabama Huntsville only 25 times in history and NMU leads the Chargers with an all-time record of 15-7-3. The Wildcats haven't seen the Chargers since the WCHA playoffs last year where they defeated UAH in the first round.