Hockey Hosts BGSU In WCHA Semifinals

Hockey Hosts BGSU In WCHA Semifinals

MARQUETTE, Mich. --- The Northern Michigan University Hockey team hosts Bowling Green State University this weekend in a rematch of last season's Western Collegiate Hockey Association Semifinals. This season's semifinal series features a best-of-three format with the winner advancing to the WCHA Championshp. Each game of the series will begin at 7 p.m. with Sunday's game also starting at 7 p.m. 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/2UA6lDp
Saturday's Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2T35BVK
Sunday's Live Stats (if necessary): https://bit.ly/2TQC3z0
Live Audio: https://bit.ly/2oibr8T
Live Video: http://bit.ly/2OVPPdY 

  GETTING TICKETS

Tickets for this Friday (March 15) and Saturday (March 16) 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.

All fans of the NMU Hockey team are encouraged to help support the Wildcats by wearing green. 

Ticket prices are:

Adult - $18 reserved, $16 general admission
Seniors/Military - $14 reserved, $13 general admission
Youth (18 and under) - $11
College Students - $5 -The first 500 students to attend each game will receive a free t-shirt. 

If the Wildcats win this weekend, tickets information for the WCHA Championship will be provided. 

  LAST TIME OUT

Northern Michigan is on a six-game winning streak after last weekend's sweep over Alaska in the WCHA quarter finals. This is NMU's 3rd sweep in a row after sweeping both rival Michigan Tech, and #18 Lake Superior State the past two weekends. Friday's night was forced into double overtime after the Wildcats found the back of the net with only 14 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 4-4. NMU claimed victory 10 minutes into the second overtime period to win 5-4. On Saturday, the teams were tied at the end of the second period, Wildcats were able to take the lead in the third period to advance to WCHA semifinals.

  ROOKIE RECOGNITION

After last weekend's sweep versus Alaska Fairbanks, freshman Griffin Loughran (West Seneca, N.Y.) was named WCHA Rookie of the week. The award comes after Loughran's instrumental role in Friday night's overtime win. He contributed two assists and one goal for a total of three points. One of these being the game winning assist to end the second overtime of the night. This is the 12th weekly award for the Wildcats and it is Loughran's second career WCHA weekly honor.

  ANOTHER RECORD FALLS

Senior goalie Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) has broken four school records throughout the course of this season. During last Friday night's game versus Alaska, Tolvanen only needed 12 saves to break the school record of 3,434, which his 48 saves in the overtime game gave him the record and moved the mark up to 3,461 saves. Adding 28 more to his total Saturday, Tolvanen currently has 3,489 saves in total. Earlier this season he also broke the career shutout record (13), single-game saves (58), and career games played in goal (135).

  THE PLAYOFF PICTURE

The Wildcats advanced to WCHA semifinals with a 8-2-2 record since the start of February and are on a current six-game win streak. NMU will host nationally ranked #15 Bowling Green State University currently holding the #3 seed in the conference. The winner of the series will advance to the WCHA Championship to take on the winner of the #2 Minnesota State, holding the first seed in the league, and LSSU, who currently holds the #4 seed. Each series consists of a best-of-three format where the first team to win two games will advance. The WCHA will then reseed with the top seeded team hosting the WCHA Championship next weekend. The WCHA Championship features a one-game, winner-take-all matchup on Saturday, March 23.

  NMU VERSUS BGSU

As the Wildcats host the second round of playoffs in the Berry Events Center, they look to secure two more wins over the Falcons in order to advance to the next round of Playoffs. Earlier this year the Wildcats split both series with the nationally ranked opponent to finish the year with two wins and two losses. The Falcons have won their past three games, including a victory vs. #6 seed Michigan Tech to advance to the semifinals.  The teams also faced off last year in the WCHA Semifinals in the Berry Events Center with NMU capturing a 3-2 victory in overtime in game three.