MARQUETTE, Mich. - Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (3-7-0, 2-2-0-0 WCHA) dropped their second game of the series, 3-2, Saturday evening to No. 17 Cornell University (4-2-0, 2-0-0-0 ECAC) in the Berry Events Center.
The Wildcats attempted their most shots in a period for the series during the opening 20-minutes on Saturday. NMU took nine shots at the net lead by three from sophomore defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) and a pair from freshman forward Garrett Klee (Hibbing, Minnesota).
Cornell netted a pair of power play goals in the opening period. For the second-consecutive night, the Big Red scored in the opening minutes to take a 1-0 lead. They netted their second power play goal of the evening near the 16-minute mark to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
LOGGINS CUTS THE DEFICIT
The score remained the same for much of the second period with the Wildcats killing a pair of power play chances for the Big Red. NMU had an on-ice advantage of their own late in the period after a penalty was called on Cornell. Senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) did not let it go to waste, cutting the deficit to one goal.
Loggins netted his second goal of the season with just two minutes to play in the period. Assists on the score went to Beaulieu and sophomore forward Caleb Schroer (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin). For Beaulieu, it was his team leading fifth assist of the season while Schroer picked up his second of the year.
HE DOES IT AGAIN
Midway through the third period, Cornell added their third power play goal of the game to push their lead back to a pair. Just over a minute later, Loggins sent one into the back of the net for his second goal of the game. His third of the season came at 12:56 while the Wildcats had an on-ice advantage and made it a 3-2 score with seven minutes to play.
Beaulieu picked up his second assist of the contest and pushed his season total to six. Senior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) also added an assist on the goal, his fifth of the season. The goal for Loggins marked his 15th multipoint game of his career and Beaulieu has recorded multiple points 18 times in his career.
Despite trimming the lead back down to a single goal, the Wildcats were unable to tie the contest over the final seven minutes of play. Cornell grabbed a 3-2 victory in game two with each of the fie combined goals coming in the power play. The Wildcats did manage to outshoot the Big Red, 26-21, on Saturday and held Cornell to just four shots in the third period.
ATTE IN GOAL
Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) currently sits at fourth in the NCAA with 258 saves this season after adding 18 on Saturday. For his career, Tolvanen has 2,790 saves and needs eight more to pass Volunteer Assistant Coach Dieter Kochan for fifth in NMU history. His save percentage in 2018-19 sits at .908, while his goals against average is 2.62.
The Wildcats will finish up a four-game homestand next weekend when they return to Western Collegiate Hockey Association action. NMU will host a pair of contests with the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the Berry Events Center on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. both nights.