Wildcats to Host FSU in WCHA Rematch

Wildcats to Host FSU in WCHA Rematch

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (8-8-2, 6-4-2-2 WCHA) returns to the Berry Events Center for a pair of Western Collegiate Hockey Association contests with Ferris State Univeristy (9-10-1, 6-5-1 WCHA). Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Friday night's game will feature a teddy bear toss, while Saturday will feature a sock toss. For Saturday's game, children will receive free admission if the bring new socks to game with the socks being donated to various organizations in the community.

Coverage of the contest can be found at nmuwildcats.com, while there will also be in-game updates on Twitter at @NMU_Wildcats. 

Weekly Notes:
For complete game notes, click HERE.

Extra Hockey, Extra Points. Both contests over the weekend ended in a tie with neither team able to score in the overtime period. Per WCHA rules, the teams went to a three-on-three period with an extra WCHA point at stake. On Friday, senior defenseman Jordan Klimek (Langley, British Columbia) scored a shorthanded goal in the three-on-three exhibition overtime to give the Wildcats am extra WCHA point. A shootout was required to settle the extra point on Saturday with senior forward Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan), connecting on his first attempt and sophomore goaltender Mathias Israelsson (Ytterby, Sweden) shutting down the Beavers on their only attempt.

Craighead to the Rescue. In Saturday's contest, sophomore forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) recorded a pair of goals in the second period. The first gave the Wildcats a lead, while the second evened the game at three goals each. On the second goal, Craighead corralled a puck off the boards that went behind the net and sent in a laser from the blue line.

Payne Does It All. Robbie Payne scored his first goal in five games on Friday, which turned out to be the only NMU goal of the game. On Saturday, the senior captain assisted on senior forward Zach Diamantoni's (Montgomery, New Jersey) goal that gave the Wildcats a temporary lead. With the game going to overtime and ending in a tie, Payne scored on the first attempt of the shootout that helped seal an extra conference point for NMU. On the other end of the ice, Payne blocked six shots, second most in the league over the weekend. 

Rockwood's Scoring Streak. Junior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) has recorded a point in eight-consecutive games, a season high for the Wildcats this season. During that span, Rockwood has recorded 10 total points on three goals and seven assists. He has recorded multiple points in a game twice during the eight games.

Between the Pipes. Mathias Israelsson made his fifth and sixth-consecutive starts in goal over the weekend. He held BSU to just one goal and Friday and made a season-high 35 saves on Saturday. For the season, Israelsson owns a 2-4-2 record along with a save percentage of .900 and a goal against average of 2.66. Junior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) has 10 starts on the year and has a 6-4-0 record.

National and Conference Rankings. After scoring another goal over the Weekend, Robbie Payne leads the conference and is fourth in the nation with 13 goals. He also leads the WCHA in plus/minus with a plus-10 and is third in points with 19. Adam Rockwood leads NMU and is tied for fourth in the WCHA with 12 assists, while junior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) is tied for the conference lead in shots with 70.

Potulny in his First Season. Grant Potulny is in his first season at the helm of the Wildcats. Potulny owns an 8-8-2 mark overall and 6-4-2-2 record in WCHA play at NMU. As an eight-year assistant coach at his alma mater, Minnesota, Potulny helped the Gophers to a 182-105-26 (.623) record and two Frozen Four appearances. 

NMU versus Ferris St. The two programs have competed 92 times in the past with NMU owning a 56-30-6 mark over the span. The Wildcats swept the Bulldogs on the road earlier this season to open WCHA action. NMU outscored FSU 4-2 in the series for their only sweep of the season.