Wildcats Return Hit the Road Traveling to Ranked BGSU

Wildcats Return Hit the Road Traveling to Ranked BGSU

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (2-4-0, 1-1-0-0 WCHA) returns to the road this weekend when they travel to No. 9/10 Bowling Green State University (5-1-1, 0-0-0-0 WCHA). Puck drop on Friday is set for 7:37 p.m. while Saturday's matchup will begin at 7:07 p.m. in Slater Family Ice Arena.

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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 opened up their home season with a shutout victory over Bemidji State University on Friday. Senior defenseman Ryan Black (Stillwater, Minnesota) netted his second career goal late in the second period before NMU added a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute of the game. After jumping out to an early lead courtesy of a power-play goal from junior forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia), the Beavers found two goal late in the game to earn a series split in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener.


Two players have recorded multiple goals for the Wildcats this season, while another five had earned a single goal. Craighead leads the way for NMU with four goals, tied for fourth-most in the WCHA. Senior forward Denver Pierce (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) has a pair of goals through the first three series of the season.

Junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) leads the Wildcats with four assist which is fifth-most among WCHA defensemen. Last season's NCAA leader in assists, senior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) has three along with senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California).


Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) has been the lone Wildcat to see action between the pipes this season with nearly all 360 of the team's minutes played. His 162 saves are currently seventh-most in the NCAA and have helped move him into sixth all-time at NMU with 2,694 saves for his career.

With the ninth shutout of his career on Friday, Tolvanen now ranks third in program history and is three away from tying the record held by Craig Kowalski.  He has played the sixth-most games in Wildcat history with 104 and is in the top-five of the record book for both career goals against average and career save percentage.


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.


It is a nearly even series between the two programs who have met 105 times since 1976. The two teams met seven times last season after four regular season matchups and a three-game series in the semifinals of the WCHA Playoffs. The Wildcats earned a victory in six of those contests, including a 3-2 overtime victory to advance to the WCHA Championship game.