Wildcats End Calendar Year with Ferris State

Wildcats End Calendar Year with Ferris State

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (7-10-0, 6-4-0-0 WCHA) will end the 2018 calendar year in the Berry Events Center this weekend when they host Ferris State University (4-11-1, 2-7-1-0 WCHA) on Saturday and Sunday. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. both nights.

The Wildcats will celebrate the third and fourth "Community Nights" both Friday and Saturday. Ishpeming will be celebrated on Friday evening and Gwinn will be celebrated at Saturday's contest. Youth 18-and-under in those communities will receive a free ticket while adult residents in those communities can purchase $7 tickets. To purchase the free or $7 tickets ahead of time, visit any NMU Ticket Outlet or online at https://tickets.nmu.edu and use the promo code "ISHPEMING18" or "GWINN18".

Friday night will feature a "Toss Your Sock" event to benefit a number of organizations in the community including St. Vincent de Paul Society, Janzen House, local elementary schools, the Giving Closet, the Women's Center, Beacon House and Room at the Inn.

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  RIVALRY RECAP

NMU and then-No. 20 Michigan Tech University split a home-and-home series over the weekend with the home teams getting a win on their home-ice. The Wildcats tied a season-high with five goals in Friday's victory including a goalie goal and a pair of unassisted goal from senior forward Denver Pierce (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) and senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California). Freshman forward Mitchel Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minnesota) scored the lone Wildcats goal

  ATTE DOES IT ALL

Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) made history in front of a sold-out Berry Events Center Friday night when he netted the first goal by a goaltender in program history. After MTU elected to pull their goaltender, trailing 4-2, Tolvanen corralled the puck and sent it down the length of the ice into the Huskies' net with 1:07 remaining in the contest.

The goal marked just the second time in Western Collegiate Hockey Association history that a goaltender has scored a goal with the first coming in January of 1989. It was also just the 11th time in NCAA history that a goaltender has found the back of the net. To make the goal even more impressive, it was just the fourth time that a goaltender has ever scored off their own shot.

In the weekend split, Tolvanen recorded a WCHA-high 59 saves to bring his season total to 448, fourth-most in the NCAA. His 36-save outing on Saturday marked the 38th time in his career that Tolvanen has reached the 30-save plateau. His save percentage and goals against average for the season now sit at .918 and 2.37

  100 GAMES AND COUNTING

Junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) is two games shy of playing in 100 for how his Wildcat career. When he reaches the accomplishment, he will join three other current Wildcats to reach the mark in Troy Loggins, Atte Tolvanen, and senior defenseman James Vermeulen (Stony Plain, Alberta). Junior forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia), junior forward Luke Voltin (Blaine, Minnesota), and senior defenseman Connor Frantti (Spring Grove, Illinois) could also reach 100 games this season. 

  FRESHMAN FORWARDS

Six of the team's seven freshman forwards have recorded points during the first half of the season. Ty Readman (Edmonton, Alberta) scored his first collegiate goal on Friday and now has a pair of points for the season. He joins Garrett Klee (Morrison, Colorado) who has two assists this season among Wildcats freshman with multiple points. 

  FAST STARTS

In five of the seven Wildcat wins this season, NMU has scored the first goal of the game in the opening 10 minutes of action. When it comes to scoring early, NMU is 6-1-0 this season when leading after the opening period of play. Denver Pierce got the scoring started in Friday's win just six minutes into the contest.

  POTULNY IN HIS SECOND SEASON

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.

  NMU VS. FERRIS STATE

NMU has not fallen to FSU on their home ice since the December of 2015 and own a 33-16-2 record over the Bulldogs in Marquette, Michigan. Last season, NMU swept all four meetings with the Wildcats owning a 14-5 goal differential.