MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University hockey program heads East for their first road series of 2019-20 with a Friday/Saturday matchup against the No. 20/RV Boston University Terriers. Friday night's puck drop is set for 7:37 p.m. at Agganis Ice Arena before a 7:07 p.m. start on Saturday, October 19.
|AGAINST THE TERRIERS|
The Wildcats make the pilgrimage East this weekend for a non-conference series against the No. 20/RV Boston University Terriors. All-time, the Wildcats hold the edge with a 6-3-1 record and will be the first meeting between the two teams since October 11, 2002 where the two teams tied, 4-4, at the annual Ice Breaker Tournament. Arguably their most notable meeting came in the 1991 NCAA Championship game in St. Paul, Minnesota with the Wildcats capturing the championship title following a hard fought, three-overtime game. Puck drop on Friday, October 18, is scheduled for 7:37 p.m. before moving to 7:07 p.m. on Saturday evening.
|LAST TIME OUT|
Northern Michigan opened their 2019-20 season with a home series split against downstate rival, Michigan State. After falling 5-3 Friday evening in a much closer battle than the box score indicated, the Wildcats rebounded with a 2-0 shutout Saturday night to send the Spartans packing.
Eight individuals found their name on the box score for the Wildcats this weekend including four who posted multi-point games. Sophomore forward Vincent de Mey led the team in points with three off two goals and an assist while Ben Newhouse, Andre Ghantous and Philip Beaulieu all posted multi-assist games in the weekend split.
Three individuals tallied points in their debut game in a Wildcat sweater. Freshman defenseman Hank Sorensen netted the first goal of the season for Northern Michigan with assists going to junior transfer Ben Newhouse and fellow rookie, Andre Ghantous.
The Wildcats are averaging just 18 shots allowed this season after limiting the Spartans to 21 on Friday night and a mere 15 on Saturday. Their penalty kill unit went a perfect five-for-five in the second contest while they shut out Michigan State, their first shutout since March 2, 2019 against Michigan Tech.
John Hawthorne made his first career start on Saturday night, stopping all 15 shots faced as the netminder became the first Wildcat in over a decade to register a shutout in their first collegiate game.
- John Hawthorne ranks atop the nation in all goaltending categories following his shutout Saturday night.
- Goals Against Average (0.00)
- Save Percentage (1.00)
- Win Percentage (1.00)
- Shutouts (1)
- Griffin Loughran is tied for second in the nation after scoring the game-winning goal in Saturday’s contest.
- Northern Michigan’s powerplay unit is ranked seventh in the nation, having converted three out of nine times with the man advantage for a .333 average.
- Vincent de Mey, Griffin Loughran and Hank Sorensen all tallied a goal on the man advantage over the weekend which ranks them in a tie for 11th in power play goals.
- The Wildcats rank 12th in combined special teams with a .579 percentage.
- Andre Ghantous is 13th among freshmen in points per game after registering two assists against Michigan State for an average of .50 points/game.
- Vincent de Mey sits 14th in the national standings in goals per game, posting two goals through his first two games for a 1.00 average.
- Philip Beaulieu and Ben Newhouse are tied for 15th in points among defensemen, each posting two assists against Michigan State for an average of one point per game.
Vincent de Mey was named WCHA Forward of the Week following his three-point weekend against Michigan State. His three points led the team while his two goals also rank atop the Wildcat standings. De Mey also posted seven shots on net in the weekend split and held a +2 on-ice rating to earn the award.
|NEW AT HOME IN 2019-20|
New this season, a hospitality room will be available for fans to purchase tickets to ahead of time. Located in the Wildcat Room of the Berry Events Center, admission will include a pre-game dinner buffet, bar, snacks and coat check.
Single game tickets are now on sale for the NMU Hockey Hospitality Room and can only be purchased in advance of the game not on the night of the game.
- Single game tickets are $30 per ticket/person
- Season tickets are $360 per ticket/person
- Half season tickets are $200 per ticket/person (either Friday or Saturday)
Your ticket to the hospitality room includes:
- Pre-game dinner buffet (e.g., burger bar, gourmet pizza, pulled pork station, etc.) served from 5:45 - 7:07 p.m. on Fridays and 4:45 - 6:07 p.m. on Saturdays
- 2 drink tickets per game (i.e., soda, water, beer, wine, and call liquor) to be used during pre-game or intermissions
- Coat check
- Intermission snacks (e.g., pretzels, popcorn, etc.)
Tickets can be purchased through NMU ticketing (online at tickets.nmu.edu or through the various ticket outlets). The NMU Ticket Office at the Berry Events Center is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 906-227-1032. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available the night of the game.
-Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
-Entrance to the room will be limited to ticket-bearers, alcohol sales will be limited to those over 21 with valid ID.
-Tickets are issued on a game-by-game basis (similarly to hockey tickets). The ticket bearer will then be exchange their ticket at the entrance to the Wildcat Room for drink tickets and room access for the night. This will also then allow you to have the flexibility to have different users use the tickets on different nights if you use the season ticket option (similarly to season hockey tickets).
-Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available the night of the game.
|ON THE RETURNERS|
Seventeen members of the 2018-19 squad will lace their skates up again for the Wildcats this season. Nolan Kent looks strong in net as the last line of defense, taking over for all-time Wildcat program leader Atte Tolvanen who was named WCHA Goaltender of the Year in 2018-19. On the blueline, the Wildcats return three members of last season's team, including reigning WCHA Defenseman of the Year in senior captain Philip Beaulieu. He is joined by fellow senior Rylan Yaremko and junior Adam Roeder. Eleven Wildcats are back at the front, in two seniors, three juniors and six sophomores. The offense talent amassed 114 of the Wildcats' total 282 points last season.
The Wildcats add nine newcomers to the team in 2019-20 as well as junior defenseman, Ben Newhouse, who sat out the 2018-19 season due to transfer requirements. The team also added three goaltenders in the offseason, two of which look to split time between the pipes with sophomore netminder, Nolan Kent.
|MAKING UP POINTS|
In the off-season, Northern Michigan lost 46% of their point-scoring to graduation but the 2019-20 squad seems poised to fill those shoes. Two rising seniors made up part of the team's top-five scorers last year in Philip Beaulieu (6-29-35) and Darien Craighead (10-10-20). The veteran duo now looks to lead the young team to even more time in the offensive zone
The Wildcats were pegged to finish fourth in the WCHA this season as voted on by the league's coaches in the 2019-20 Mankato Free Press WCHA Preseason Coaches' Poll. The media picked Northern Michigan to finish third through the regular season, behind only unanimous favorite Minnesota State and Bowling Green.
Having served as an alternate captain in 2018-19, senior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minn.) was named captain of the 2019-20 squad prior to the season.
|YEAR THREE UNDER COACH POTULNY|
The third head coach in NMU Hockey history enters his third season behind the bench in 2019-20. In two seasons with the team, Potulny has led the Wildcats to two 20+ win seasons and boasts a career head coaching record of 46-31-5. Last season the team went 21-16-2, which included a berth in the WCHA semifinals where they faced Bowling Green. In his first season at the helm of the Wildcats, Potulny's team recorded a 25-15-3 season, it's first 25-win season since 2001-02 and advanced to the WCHA Championship game.
|50 YEARS OF WOMEN IN SPORT|
Throughout the 2019-20 season, the Wildcats will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.
Following their trip to Boston, the Northern Michigan hockey program will open conference action when they travel to Big Rapids, Michigan to face the Ferris State Bulldogs, October 25-26. Friday’s game will get underway at 7:07 p.m. before a 6:07 p.m. start the following night at Ewigleben Ice Arena.