Wildcats Fall to Huskies, Split Series

Wildcats Fall to Huskies, Split Series

HOUGHTON, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (7-10-0, 6-4-0-0 WCHA) settled for a series split after falling to No. 20 Michigan Technological University (9-6-1, 8-1-1-1 WCHA) Saturday evening, 3-1. The Wildcats and Huskies have now split the past four series 


After MTU took an early lead and went up 2-0 late in the period, sophomore forward Mitchel Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minnesota) scored his second goal of the season to pull the Wildcats within one. A shot by junior forward Luke Voltin (Blaine, Minnesota) deflected off of Slattery and into the goal. For Voltin, it was his second assist in as many nights giving him his first scoring multi-game point scoring streak of his career.


The game's final goal came near the end of the second period when the Huskies added a power play goal to go up 3-1. NMU nearly managed to hold off the high-powered MTU offense that took 16 shots in the period. The goal came at 13:44 with the Wildcat defense going on to make 15 saves in the period.


Neither team was able to add a goal in the final period despite 21 combined shots. The Wildcats did kill off a pair of Huskie advantages in the period, but MTU went on to capture a 3-1 victory and series split. Over the past six regular season matchups between the two programs, the home team has taken the victory on their home ice.


After a 36-save outing, senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) now has 448 on the season, currently third-most in the NCAA. His save percentage and goals against average for the season now sit at .918 and 2.37 after his 38th career outing with 30-or-more saves. Tolvanen's next shutout will tie the program record with 12 while he needs 454 saves to break the school record.


Senior forward Denver Pierce (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) led the Wildcats with five shots on-goal during the contest while four others each attempted three. Sophomore forward Caleb Schroer (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin), freshman forward Garrett Klee (Morrison, Colorado), and junior forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) each attempted three tries at the net while junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) was the lone Wildcat blue-liner to record three shots on-goal.


NMU will wrap-up the 2018 calendar year next weekend when they host Ferris State University. Puck drop is set for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Berry Events Center. Both nights will feature a "Community Night" with Ishpeming being celebrated on Friday and Gwinn on Saturday. Youth 18-and-under from this communities can purchase free tickets while adult residents can purchase $7 tickets.