Wildcats Set to Take Win Streak to Anchorage

Wildcats Set to Take Win Streak to Anchorage

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (15-10-3, 13-5-2-2 WCHA) is set to go on the road to the University of Alaska Anchorage (2-18-4, 2-13-3-3 WCHA) after a four-game homestand. Friday and Saturday's contests are scheduled for an 11:07 p.m. (EDT) puck drop.

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:
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Postseason Bound. NMU became the second team to secure a spot in the WCHA Playoff after their series sweep of Lake Superior St. The Wildcats also retained the Cappo Cup given annually to the winner of the season series between NMU and LSSU taking wins in three of the four matchups this season.

WCHA Honors Continue. Sophomore defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) became the sixth Wildcat this season to earn WCHA Player of the Week honors on Monday earning the defensive award. He was given the honor after scoring two goals and earning three points in Saturday's Cappo Cup clinching victory.

Rockwood Rises in National Rankings. With help from a five-game scoring streak, junior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) is now tied for the NCAA I lead for assists with 23. Rockwood has eight points with seven assists during that five-game span. The first-year Wildcat had a nine-game scoring streak snapped in December.  

Between the Pipes. Junior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) has won four-consecutive contests in goal for the Wildcats. Tolvanen has played 10 games since his return from injury and is 7-1-1 over that stretch. The junior is currently tied for fourth in the country with 14 wins, while his .675 win percentage is eighth-best in the NCAA.

Hobey Baker Award. Senior forward and co-captain Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan) has been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top NCAA I Men's Ice Hockey player. Currently, Payne leads the Wildcats and is tied for third in the nation with 17 goals scored this season. With seven assists, Payne has the fifth most points for the Wildcats with 23.

Home, Sweet Home. NMU's series sweep over the weekend gave the Wildcats their fifth and sixth-consecutive wins on their home ice. The six-game home win streak is the best in the WCHA, as are the four-consecutive overall wins by NMU.

WCHA Standings. Despite being picked to finish seventh in both preseason polls, NMU is currently ranked second in the WCHA standings. The Wildcats are two points behind preseason favorite Minnesota State University. Bowling Green and Bemidji State University round out the top four looking to host first-round playoff series, while Michigan Technological University is currently in fifth.

Potulny in his First Season. Grant Potulny is in his first season at the helm of the Wildcats. Potulny owns an 15-10-3 mark overall and 13-5-2-2 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 Alaska Anchorage. The two programs have met 33 times in program history with the Wildcats leading the all-time series, 20-12-1. The two programs met four times a season ago with NMU taking the final three matchups.