Wildcats to Make Home Debut Versus Bemidji St.

Wildcats to Make Home Debut Versus Bemidji St.

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (1-3-0, 0-0-0-0 WCHA) will play in front of the home crowd for the first time this season when they welcome Bemidji State University (1-0-1, 0-0-0-0 WCHA) to the Berry Events Center on Friday and Saturday. The series will open Western Collegiate Hockey Association action for both teams with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. both nights.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink in celebration of "Pink Out the Rink". The first 500 students in attendance will receive a free pink t-shirt, with shirts available for purchase on the main concourse. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Fans can follow both contests this weekend using the links below. These links can also be found on the team schedule or composite calendar at NMUwildcats.com.

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The Wildcats continued their four-game road trip to begin the season by traveling to No. 4 St. Cloud State University over the weekend. NMU trailed 3-0 before freshman forward Griffin Loughran (West Seneca, New York) netted his first collegiate goal in the power-play late in the second period. SCSU went on to win the first contest, 4-1. In the second game, the Huskies scored a pair of early goals before going on to take a 5-0 victory.


Two Wildcats have skated in their 100th game at NMU in the early part of the season. Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) passed the century mark in the second game against Michigan State University, while senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) played in his 100th game to open the SCSU series.

The duo joins senior forward Denver Pierce (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) and senior defenseman Ryan Black (Stillwater, Minnesota) as current Wildcats to play in 100 career contests. Pierce has seen action in 114 games, while Black has skated in 107 games in his career.


Junior forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) and senior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) both lead the Wildcats with three points. Craighead is the lone NMU skater with a pair of goals, while five others have each recorded a goal. Rockwood along with Black and Loggins lead the team with two assists.


Tolvanen returns for his final season in a Wildcat jersey in 2018-19. Through the first two series of the 2018-19 campaign, Tolvanen has made the third-most saves in the NCAA with 122. His save percentage sits at .891, while his goals against averaged is 3.75.

Already firmly cemented in the Wildcat history, Tolvanen is in the top-10 of each career goaltender category in the NMU record book. Last season, he was named First-Team All-WCHA at the end of the season after recording a 23-10-1 record which were the fourth-most wins in the NCAA.


The Wildcats were chosen to finish second in the WCHA Preseason Coaches' Poll and third in the UAHHockey.com Preseason Media Poll. Minnesota State University Mankato was the top pick in both polls, while NMU and Bowling Green State University flipped between second and third in the two polls.


Grant Potulny enters his second season at the helm of the Wildcats after leading a program turnaround in 2017-18. In his first season, the Wildcats advanced to the WCHA Championship game and finished the year with a 25-15-3 overall record. Prior to NMU, Potulny was an eight-year assistant at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.


The Wildcats will make their home debut against the Beavers for the second time in three seasons when the puck drops Friday evening. Last season, NMU fought to a pair of ties over BSU and earned an extra conference point in both games with an overtime and shootout victory.