Wildcats Return to the Berry Events Center To Host LSSU

Wildcats Return to the Berry Events Center To Host LSSU

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (15-14-2, 14-8-2-0 WCHA) hosts Lake Superior State University (20-8-2, 15-7-2-0 WCHA) as the Wildcats return to the Berry Events Center this weekend to play for the Cappo Cup.

The Cappo cup, which dates back to the 1991 season, goes to whichever team takes either 1) the season series or in the event of a tie 2)outscores opponents during the season series. NMU holds the series record, 16-9.

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Radio Results Network will also be having their Prize Wheel this weekend for fans interested.


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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Northern Michigan was on the road for the second weekend in a row as they took on Bemidji State. The Wildcats took Bemidji to overtime Friday night. This was the Wildcat's second time in a row heading to overtime in the first night of the series. Saturday night NMU fell short in their efforts against Bemidji.


NMU is currently tied for fourth place with Bemidji State in the WCHA rankings. Both teams have 44 points, and trail #15 BGSU/#18 LSSU (tied for 2rd place, 47 points) and #4 Minnesota State (1st place, 59 points). In a tight WCHA race, the Wildcats will host the first round of the WCHA Playoffs as long as they remain in the top four. They can improve their standing as they still take on two teams within seven points of the Wildcats in the remainder of regular season. They take on the Lakers this weekend and can improve their standings with two win. They then face Michigan Tech (6th place, 37 points) to close out the year.


As the season continues, senior Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) continues his climb up the NMU record book. After tying the career shutouts record with 12 last month by shutting out Alaska Anchorage, he is one shy of the school record with another chance for a shutout this weekend. Tolvanen needs just 4 more games played and 140 saves to reach the top of those statistical records as well. His career goals average of 2.41 and save percentage mark of .917 both approach the school record (2.24 GAA and .924 save percentage).


Junior Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minn.) has moved into being the top point earner for the Wildcats with 28 total points this season. This ties him for second place in the conference and seventh in the nation. Beaulieu also leads the team in most assists with 23. Following closely behind Beaulieu is senior Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.) with 27 total points. Loggins is tied for fifth in the conference and is ranked eighth nationally. He leads the team in goals scored with 15.


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 32-18-6 in the regular season after the calendar turns. At this point, the Wildcats continue this trend with a current record of 6-4-2 record since the beginning of the 2019 calendar year.


This weekend Northern Michigan takes on #18 Lake Superior State in the Berry Events Center. These teams have faced each other a total of 125 times since 1976 with NMU leading the all-time series 70-42-13. Earlier this year the Wildcats split their road series against a Lake Superior State team that was ranked #20 at the time.