MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (5-7-0, 4-2-0-0 WCHA) hits the road after the Thanksgiving holiday for a pair of Western Collegiate Hockey association games at No. 20 Lake Superior State University (6-3-1, 3-2-1-0 WCHA) Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. both nights in Taffy Abel 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.
| CARVING OUT A SWEEP
The Wildcats recorded their first series sweep of the season last weekend with a pair of conference victories over the University of Alaska Anchorage. NMU recorded their third shutout of the season on Friday before junior forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) netted a goal in the final 75 seconds of Saturday's contest to seal a win. The sweep moved the Wildcats into a tie for the top spot in the WCHA with 12 points.
| FEAST STARTS
In three of the five Wildcat wins this season, NMU has scored the first goal of the game in the opening 10 minutes of action. They did so Friday against the Seaswolves and also in a shutout victory at Bowling Green State University and in the first victory of the season over Michigan State University. Senior defenseman Tony Bretzman (Mendota Heights, Minnesota) got the scoring started on Friday while senior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) netted an early goal on Saturday. When it comes to scoring early, NMU is 4-1-0 this season when leading after the opening period of play.
| PASS THE POWER PLAY, PLEASE
Both the Wildcats and the Lakers have 10 power play this season, tied for second-most in the WCHA. NMU has netted a power play goal in six of their last seven games highlighted by Craighead's game winner with an on-ice advantage in Saturday's victory.
| STUFFING THE STAT SHEET
Craighead is leading the squad with five goals this season after his game-winner on Saturday. He is followed by senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) who has four goals this season and is also tied for the team lead with nine points. Loggins is tied with junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) for the most points on the team with his one goal and team leading eight assists. Rockwood is second on the team in both assists and points with six and eight.
| AMONG THE BAISTE
Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) has left his mark on both Northern Michigan and the NCAA. With his third shutout of the season on Friday, he now owns the second most career shutouts for a Wildcat with 11. The three shutouts this year are currently tied for the most in the NCAA. He also stopped 39 shots over the weekend to pass volunteer assistant coach Dieter Kochan for fifth-most in NMU history and now has 2,829.
| APPEARANCES CORN BE DECEIVING
In the first six series of the season, NMU has been pitted against three ranked opponents, a pair of which were ranked in the top-10. As a result, the Wildcats have the 17th-hardest strength of schedule in the NCAA this season. That number is set to rise after the series with the ranked Lakers this weekend.
| A FULL PLATE
The Wildcat have met the Lakers more times than any other program except Michigan Technological University. The two teams have competed 125 times with NMU owning a 70-42-13 overall record. The two teams compete each year for the Cappo Cup with NMU winning the season series each of the past two seasons.