MARQUETTE, Mich. - Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (5-7-0, 4-2-0-0 WCHA) picked up their first series sweep of 2018-19 with a 2-1 defeat of the University of Alaska Anchorage (1-8-1, 0-7-1-0 WCHA) Saturday evening on "Munising Night". The victory also gave the Wildcats their seventh-consecutive win over the Seawolves.
It did not take long for the Wildcats to get on the scoreboard during the second game of the series. Senior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) scored his second goal of the season 3:52 into the opening period with assists coming from junior forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) and senior defenseman Tony Bretzman (Mendota Heights, Minnesota).
NMU went on to outshoot the Seawolves, 11-3, in the first period with a pair of Wildcats attempting two shots each in freshman forward Vincent de Mey (Los Angeles, California) and freshman forward Grant Loven (East Grand Forks, North Dakota).
In the second period, the UAA offense came alive taking a series high 13 shots. Their effort was enough to tie the game at one goal each nearly five minutes into the period. Despite the offensive outburst by the Seawolves, the Wildcats still managed to outshoot their opponents in the period, 16-13.
The game remained tied for much of the third period, but the Wildcats were getting plenty of chances, outshooting UAA, 13-6, in the period. With just shy of a minute remaining, Craighead ended the tie after he sent the game winning goal into the back of the net for his fifth of the season.
A Seawolf defender tried to clear the puck but it was intercepted near the UAA blue line by junior defender Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota). He sent the puck over to Craighead who connected on the game-winner. After earning an assist in the first period, Craighead now has seven games in his career with multiple points.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) moved to 5-7-0 on the season with his second win in as many nights. He made 21 shots in the fame including a series-high 12 in the second period. For the season, Tolvanen now owns a .917 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.42.
A pair of Wildcats have continued their climb up the Wildcat record book this season in Beaulieu and Tolvanen. Beaulieu is now 17th for career points by a defenseman and 16th for career assists by a defenseman with 70 and 55. Tolvanen is ranked in the top-five in five of six career goaltender categories. He needs just four wins to also enter the career top-five in that category.
The Wildcats will take their win streak on the road next weekend when they travel to Lake Superior State University. The two teams compete each year for the Cappo Cup with NMU winning the season series each of the past two seasons.