Wildcats Split Series with #5/6 Wisconsin

Wildcats Split Series with #5/6 Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, Wis.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (4-2, 2-0 WCHA) settled for a series split with the University of Wisconsin (5-2, 1-1 Big Ten), Saturday evening with the Badgers taking a 4-0 victory at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Wildcats were able to hold UW scoreless most of the first period with despite a 13-3 shot advantage for the Badgers. A goal by Wisconsin's Ryan Wagner nearly 17 minutes into the period put NMU down, 1-0.

After a pair of UW goals out NMU in a 3-0 deficit, sophomore Mathias Israelsson (Ytterby, Sweden) entered the game between the pipes. Israelson recorded 21 saves the rest of the way, a season-high for Issraelsson.

For the season, Issraelsson's goal-against-average moves to 1.84 with as 21 of his saves in 2017 coming Saturday evening against UW. Issraelsson has competed in over 32 minutes after his performance on Saturday.

UW added their fourth goal in the third period with under seven minutes to play, resulting in the game's final score, 4-0. NMU finished the series going a combined 2-11 in the power-play and 3-11 in the penalty-kill. Offensively, five different Wildcats recorded a pair of shots to lead the team.

Despite not scoring a point in the game, senior forward Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan) continues to lead the country in goals scored with six in as many games. His eight total points has Payne tied for either in the country. Junior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) is up to six assists after the weekend. That number has Loggins ranked in a tie for fifth nation-wide.

After six games, sophomore defender Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) has recorded 11 blocked shots, good enough for 11th in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Wildcats get nearly two weeks of rest in preparation for the Minnesota State University, Mankato. NMU will play host to the Mavericks November 3 and 4 with both contests in the Berry Events Center scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.