Wildcats Cap Season with WCHA Player of the Month Awards

Wildcats Cap Season with WCHA Player of the Month Awards

Bloomington, Minn.—A pair of Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey student-athletes were named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Players of the month for March the league office announced on Friday. Junior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) was awarded the offensive honor, while sophomore defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) was named Defensive Player of the Month.

Both players guided the Wildcats to a 4-3-0 mark in postseason play during the month which included a pair of WCHA Playoff series wins and a run to the league championship game.

Loggins earned his second offensive player of the month award for the season after leading the WCHA in goal for the month of March. His six goals combined with four assists were tied for second-most points in the league during the month. Loggins scored multiple points in three of the seven contests in March.

On March 4, Loggins set a career-high with four points on two goals and two assists in a series clinching victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville. On March 11, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Wildcats to the WCHA Championship. Loggins was the only WCHA player in March to score multiple game-winning goals and multiple shorthanded goals. 

Beaulieu earned his first league monthly award of the season after helping NMU to an appearance in the WCHA Championship game. The sophomore led all WCHA players with 11 points in March and topped league defenseman with two goals and nine assists. Beaulieu scored multiple points on four occasions during the month.

A career month for the All-American, Beaulieu set a pair of career-highs during March. On March 4, he tied a career-high with three assists including one on the game winner to help NMU seal a series win in the WCHA Playoffs. In the following series against Bowling Green State University, Beaulieu recorded a plus-minus rating of plus-four on March 9.

The monthly awards bring the Wildcats' total for the season up to four with Loggins earning a pair of offensive awards and Beaulieu and senior defenseman Jordan Klimek (Langley, British Columbia) each earning a defensive player of the month award. NMU has also earned 13 weekly conference awards this season with seven players splitting those honors.