MARQUETTE, Mich. - Northern Michigan University Hockey advanced to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Semifinals after defeating the University of Alaska Fairbanks 4-3 in game two of the WCHA Quarterfinals.
THE FIRST PERIOD
Alaska took an early lead by scoring 8:06 into the period and took a 1-0 lead after the first.
DE MEY TIES IT UP
Less than a minute later, freshman Vincent de Mey (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored his fifth of the season to tie the game 13:36 into the second period. Freshman Garrett Klee (Morrison, Colo.) notched his fourth assist on the goal with freshman Grant Loven (East Grand Forks, Minn.) getting his third.
NMU added two more goals to take a 4-2 lead. The Nanooks pulled their goalie and managed to added a goal 17:52 in, but it wouldn't be enough as the Wildcat held on to win 4-3 and advance to the WCHA Semifinals.
9:59 into the third period, senior Troy Loggins (Huntington, Calif.) scored his 23rd goal of the season to give NMU the lead. Pierce collected his second point of the night and 10th assist of the night.
SECURE THE WIN
Junior Darien Craighead (Surrey, B.C.) helped secure the victory with his ninth goal this season by scoring on the power play at the 11:58 mark. Rockwood tallied his 26th assist and Loggins picked up 16th.
Senior Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) notched 26 saves on the night. He finished the weekend with 64 saves to move his record to 3,487 career saves.
The Wildcats improved to 21-14-2 on the season and will now take on Bowling Green State University in the WCHA Semifinals. Tickets for the series are now available.