Hockey Hosts Alaska in First Round of WCHA Playoffs

Hockey Hosts Alaska in First Round of WCHA Playoffs

MARQUETTE, Mich. --- After finishing second in the 2018-19 Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season, the Northern Michigan University hockey team begins WCHA postseason tournament play by hosting a first-round series this weekend vs. University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The series features a best-of-three format with the winner advancing to the semi-finals. Each game of the series will begin at 7 p.m. with Sunday's game also starting at 7 if the game is necessary.

  FOLLOW ALONG

Fans can follow each 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/2NMkIli
Saturday's Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2C6X66G
Sunday's Live Stats (if necessary): https://bit.ly/2tRAmCZ
Live Audio: https://bit.ly/2oibr8T
Live Video: http://bit.ly/2OVPPdY 

  GETTING TICKETS

Tickets for this Friday (March 8) and Saturday (March 9) are on sale now through NMU Ticketing online (tickets.nmu.edu) and phone (906-227-1032), and at the Berry Events Center Ticket Office.  The Berry Events Center Ticket office is open:

Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to post-game
Saturday 1 p.m. to post-game
Sunday will open at 1 p.m.

If a Sunday game is needed tickets will be on sale after Saturday night's game at the ticket office and online.  The Berry Events Center ticket office will also be open at 1 p.m. on Sunday and stay open through post-game.

Ticket prices are:

Adult - $16 reserved, $14 general admission
Seniors/Military - $12 reserved, $11 general admission
Youth (18 and under) - $9
College Students - $5

Season ticket holders have their tickets for the opening round of the WCHA playoffs.

If the Wildcats win this weekend, ticket prices for the home semi-final round will be:

Adult - $18 reserved, $16 general admission
Seniors/Military - $14 reserved, $13 general admission
Youth (18 and under) - $11
College Students - $5

Season ticket holders do NOT have their tickets in hand for the semi-final round. Per WCHA by-laws, season ticket holders will have until 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11, to purchase their seats before they are opened to the public.

  LAST TIME OUT

Northern Michigan swept rival Michigan Technological University to give them a four-game winning streak heading into the postseason. NMU swept #18 Lake Superior State University the weekend prior. Friday at Michigan Tech the Wildcats were able to secure a road win with a strong performance in both the first and third period resulting in a 4-2 victory. The Wildcats then managed to shutout the Huskies with a 3-0 victory on Saturday for their third shutout of the year. 

  LOGGINS GOES BACK-TO-BACK

After receiving both WCHA and NCAA recognition last week senior Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.) received back-to-back honors as he was named the WCHA Forward of the Week again. Loggins scored the games first two goals then added an empty net goal with three seconds to play for his first career hat trick Friday night at Michigan Tech. He followed it with the first two goals again Saturday to tally five goals on the weekend. This is his second weekend in a row scoring five points putting him at a season total of 27 goals, 15 assists and 37 points. He is tied at the top of the WCHA in points and is second in goals. 

  ATTE'S RECORD-SETTING WEEKEND

Senior goalie Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) broke three school records this past weekend in the sweep over Michigan Tech. He notched 58 saves in Friday's victory at Tech to break the single-game saves record that stood since December of 1984. Saturday Night he continued his success with 20 saves and his record-breaking 13th career shutout. This was also his 133rd game in goal for the Wildcats, breaking yet another school record. He finished the weekend with 78 saves and also added an assist in Saturday night's victory. Due to this performance, Atte continued to receive accolades as he was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week for the second week in a row. This was Atte's fifth time receiving weekly recognition this year.

  THE PLAYOFF PICTURE

The Wildcats enter the playoffs with a 6-2-2 record since the start of February and are on a current four-game win streak. With the #2 seed, NMU will host the #7 seed Alaska. The winner of the series will then advance to the WCHA Semi-finals. 

Minnesota State University-Mankato, the #1 seed, hosts #8 seed University of Alabama Huntsville. The #3 seed, Bowling Green State University hosts Michigan Tech while #4 seed Lake Superior State hosts #5 seed Bemidji State University. Each series consists of a best-of-three format where the first team to win two games will advance. The WCHA will then re-seed for the sem-finals with the top seeded team hosting the lowest seeded team, and the middle two teams facing each other in another best-of-three series next weekend.

The WCHA Championship features a one-game, winner-take-all matchup on Saturday, March 23 with the higher seed hosting the lower seed.  

  NMU VERSUS ALASKA

As the Wildcats host the first round of playoffs in the Berry Events Center, they look to secure two more wins over the Nanooks to further increase their all-time series record of 38-14-12 in order to advance to the next round. Earlier this year the Wildcats swept their road series with Alaska as they won 4-0 on January 4 and 4-2 on January 5. The Nanooks have won their past three games, including a 1-0 victory vs. Minnesota State, the #4 ranked team in the nation. Alaska has outscored their opponents 7-1 in that span.