Hockey Takes on Michigan Tech This Weekend and Will Honor Seniors Saturday

Hockey Takes on Michigan Tech This Weekend and Will Honor Seniors Saturday

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey concludes the 2018-19 regular season this weekend as they take on rival Michigan Technological University. Friday night's game will be hosted by Michigan Tech while the Wildcats host Saturday's game inside the Berry Events Center. Prior to Saturday's game, NMU will honor the team's seniors.

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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.

Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Friday's Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2tHSYFj
Saturday's Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2UcKzFs
Live Audio: https://bit.ly/2oibr8T
Live Video: http://bit.ly/2OVPPdY 

  HONORING THE SENIORS

NMU will honor eight seniors prior to Saturday's contest. This year's seniors include Ryan Black (Stillwater, Minn.), Tony Bretzman (Mendota Heights, Minn.), Connor Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.), Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Denver Pierce (Sault Ste Marie, Mich.), Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, B.C.), Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) and James Vermeulen (Stony Plain, Alta.).

  SKATE WITH THE 'CATS

Due to inclement weather this past Sunday, Skate with the 'Cats was cancelled. The team is offering another opportunity this Sunday. Starting at 3:30 p.m. at Lakeview Arena, the team will be hosting another Skate with the 'Cats.

  LAST TIME OUT

Northern Michigan swept #18 Lake Superior State in the Berry Events center last weekend acquiring the Cappo Cup. Friday night was off to a close start until the second period when the Wildcats scored three times within the period and held the Lakers to two goals as NMU finished the night with a 3-2 victory. The weekend's sweep was secured after the Wildcats found the back of the net twice in the third period to get a 5-2 victory over the Lakers.

  THE PERFECT COMBO

The Wildcats top line holds three senior forwards, Loggins, Rockwood, and Pierce, which has proven that they know how to get things done. In this past weekends sweep these three players alone were able to gain nine assists, five goals, and 14 total points for NMU. This was over half of the Wildcats total 24 points on the weekend.

  LOGGINS' STAR PERFORMANCE

Totaling five points on the weekend, Loggins achieved both WCHA recognition as well as NCAA recognition. This is Loggins first WCHA Player of the Week recognition of the season. He was also recognized nationally for his performance this weekend with an NCAA Star of the Week. Loggins pitched in two assists to help out the Wildcat 4-2 victory over the Lakers Friday night. Following this he scored the first two goals of the Saturday along with an assist adding to the victory over LSSU 5-3.

  TOLVANEN GETS HIS FOURTH

Senior goalie Tolvanen continued to receive accolades as he was named WCHA Goaltender of the week. This is Atte's fourth time receiving this recognition. This comes after a sweep against LSSU that added two wins to his record. Tolvanen recorded 48 saves this weekend to give him 3,345 saves in his caree and he is now just 18 away from third in school history with 3,363 saves. His save percentage on the weekend was .906 and he had a 2.50 goals against average. Appearing in his 131st game this past Saturday, he now sits just two games away from setting a new school record.

  PLAYOFF PICTURE

NMU currently holds third place in the WCHA standings with 50 total points. With this current standing, the Wildcats look to host a first round playoff series in the Berry Events Center Friday, March 8th. In order to secure this position Northern Michigan will need to win one of their two games against Michigan Tech (6th place, 43 points). They would also host if Bemidji State (5th place, 45 points) or Lake Superior State (4th place, 47 points) loses once this weekend.  Bemidji State travels to take on #4 Minnesota State (1st place, 62 points) while Lake Superior St. hosts Ferris State (9th, 21 points).

  NMU VERSUS MICHIGAN TECH

This weekend Northern Michigan takes on rival Michigan Tech. The first night of the series will be hosted on the road at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich. Saturday night the Wildcats will be back in the Berry Events Center to finish the series versus the Huskies. Historically the Wildcats lead the series 72-63-14. Earlier this year the Wildcats split their series with MTU (Dec. 7 W 5-3, Dec. 8 L 3-1).