Six Wildcats Named to All-WCHA Teams

Six Wildcats Named to All-WCHA Teams

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Six Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (23-13-3, 19-7-2-2 WCHA) student-athletes were named to the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association Teams which were announced Thursday by the league office. The Wildcats had two players on each the first, second, and third teams.

For the first time since the 2012 season when NMU was in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, the Wildcats were represented on the first-team by junior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) and junior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland).

Through 39 games this season, Loggins has recorded 44 points on 21 goals and 23 assists. His 44 points are currently the sixth-most in the NCAA, while he is tied for the ninth-most goals. Tolvanen has appeared and started in 31 games this season en route to a 21-8-1 record. He has the third most wins in the country and sixth-most win in a season in program history. A season ago, Tolvanen was honored on the All-WCHA second team.

Earning second team honors were junior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and sophomore defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota). Garnering third team honors were senior forward Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan) and sophomore forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia).

Rockwood and Beaulieu lead the NCAA in a number of combined categories this season. Rockwood's 37 assists lead the NCAA, while his 45 are fifth-best in the country this season. He has the most assists in a season since the 2001-02 campaign for the Wildcats. Beaulieu leads the nation's defenseman in assists and points with 29 and 39. His point total is the most for an NMU defenseman since the 1990-91 season.

With 22 goals this season, Payne leads the Wildcats and is tied for the sixth-most in the NCAA. A Hobey Baker Candidate this season, Payne has lead NMU in goal all season and became the 35th Wildcat in program history to amass 50 career goals. For the season, Payne also has nine assists to total 31 points.  

Craighead is a member of the third-team after recording 17 goals and 16 assists through 38 contests this season. The sophomore has fueled the Wildcats to a number of wins this season, leading the team and the NCAA with six game-winning goals.  Craighead also recorded his first career hat trick earlier this season against Ferris State University December 16 in a 4-2 win at the Berry.

Additionally, 14 Wildcats were named to the WCHA All-Academic Team. To earn recognition as a member of the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at their present institution prior to the current academic year, have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if overall GPA is at least 3.0 for all terms at the present institution.

2 James Vermeulen JR D Stony Plain, Alberta Management 3.68
6 Rylan Yaremko SO D Spirit River, Alberta Business 3.54
8 Denver Pierce JR F Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Industrial Technologies 3.85
10 Jesse Junttila JR D Calumet, Michigan Biology 3.73
11 Adam Rockwood JR F Coquitlam, British Columbia Marketing 3.58
13 Luke Voltin SO F Blaine, Minnesota Philosophy 3.3
16 Brendan Jacques JR F Calumet, Michigan Enrepreneurship 3.82
19 Filip Starzynski SR F Warsaw, Poland Finance & Risk Management 3.82
21 Anthony Paskaruk JR F Airdrie, Alberta Marketing 3.34
24 Zach Diamantoni SR F Montgomery, New Jersey Business 4
29 Robbie Payne SR F Gaylord, Michigan Finance & Risk Management 3.93
32 Mathias Israelsson SO G Ytterby, Sweden Finance & Risk Management 3.88
41 Atte Tolvanen JR G Vihti, Finland Management 3.65
44 Ryan Black JR D Stillwater, Minnesota Enrepreneurship 3.08


NMU will now turn their attention to Bowling Green State University for the WCHA Playoff semifinals, set for this weekend in the Berry Events Center. As the two-seed, the Wildcats will host the tournament's three-seed in a best-of-three-game series. The series will take place Friday and Saturday in the Berry with both contests scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. A third game will be held Sunday at 7 p.m., if necessary.