MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (13-12-0, 12-6-0-0 WCHA) hosts another series in the Berry Events Center this weekend as the Wildcats will host No. 13 Bowling Green State University (17-7-3, 12-6-2-2 WCHA) on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
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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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|LAST TIME OUT|
The Wildcats kicked off their two-week home stretch by taking on #7 Minnesota State University, Mankato. Friday night started slow with neither team being able to find the back of the net until eight minutes into the second period when the Mavericks scored their first goal. NMU was able to retaliate with two goals late in the third period but MSU had added two more and claimed a 3-2 victory. Both teams scored in the first period Saturday night but Northern Michigan was again unable upset the ranked Mavericks.
| REST OF THE WAY
NMU controls their path the remainder of the year as they play some of the top teams in the WCHA to end their regular season. Four of their remaining 10 games are against ranked opponents. This weekend, NMU can gain ground with two victories over Bowling Green and vault themselves into second place of the WCHA.
|ATTE'S RECORD WATCH|
Senior Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) continued his climb up the NMU record book over the weekend. After tying the career shutouts record with 12 two weekends ago by shutting out Alaska Anchorage. Tolvanen needs just 10 more games played and 291 saves to tie those NMU records. He is also within reach of the career goals against average (2.24) and save percentage marks (.924).
| TIED FOR THE LEAD
Junior Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minn.) scored his fourth goal of the season Saturday night and added an assist Friday night to add two more points to give him five goals and 17 assists on the season for a total of 22 points. Senior Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.) has 11 goals and 11 assists to tie Beaulieu as the team leader. Loggins added his third shorthand goal and his 11th goal of the season this past weekend.
|IT'S ABOUT HOW YOU FINISH|
Over the past three regular seasons, NMU has played their best hockey in the second half of the season. In each of the past two seasons, the team has owned the best record in the WCHA after the start of the new calendar year, including a seven-game win streak last season en route to a conference finals run. Since the 2015-16 campaign, the Wildcats are a combined 30-16-4 in the regular season after the calendar turns. The Wildcats start off this calendar year up 4-2 with their only losses coming from ranked opponents.
| NMU VERSUS BOWLING GREEN
The Wildcats split their series with the Falcons early this year in November with a 2-0 win Saturday night of the series. Last season NMU defeated Bowling Green to get into the WCHA Championship.