Marquette, Mich.-Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (8-10-0, 7-4-0-0 WCHA) earned a 4-1 victory over Ferris State University (4-12-1, 2-8-1-0 WCHA) in the Berry Event Center. The two teams will meet again on Saturday before a two week break for the holidays.
It was Ferris St. that jumped out to an early lead with a goal just two minutes into the game. Their lead was short-lived as senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) found the back of the net at the eight-minute mark. His eighth goal of the season knotted the game at one with sophomore defenseman Adam Roeder (Ballwin, Missouri) and junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) picking up their first and 11th assists of the season.
LOVEN NETS THE GAME WINNER
Still tied in the second period, freshman forward Grant Loven (East Grand Forks, Minnesota) netted his second goal of the season to give the Wildcats the lead. The score came in the sixth minute with assists going to Beaulieu and Roeder. The duo also assisted on the first Wildcat goal. Loven's score would prove to be the game winner, but NMU also found some insurance goals in the final period.
ATTE GETS ANOTHER POINT
The Wildcats found themselves with an on-ice advantage early in the third after a penalty was called against the Bulldogs. Senior forward Denver Pierce (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) found his fourth goal of the season in the power play to put NMU ahead, 3-1. After scoring an empty net goal a week ago, senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) picked up his second point of the season with an assist on the score. It is the third career assist for Tolvanen and his fourth career point.
Beaulieu was also credited with an assist on the play was Beaulieu for his third of the game. It was the 10th time in Beaulieu's career that he has recorded a trio of points and the third time he has done it on assists alone. His performance moved him into 13th-place all-time at NMU with 60 career assists by a defenseman. His 75 career points are tied for 14th-most among Wildcat defensemen.
GAME ONE VICTORY
A second goal in the third period helped seal a victory to open the series. Junior forward Luke Voltin (Blaine, Minnesota) found the back of the net for the second time this season to put the Wildcats up, 4-1. Freshman forward Ty Readman (Edmonton, Alberta) and senior defenseman James Vermeulen (Stony Plain, Alberta) picked up their second and first assist of the season on the score. The Wildcats' 4-1 lead would hold the rest of the way to seal the team's fifth-consecutive victory over the Bulldogs.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Tolvanen picked up his eighth victory of the season in-goal after making 18 saves. He now has 466 saves on the season which are currently fourth-most in the NCAA and needs just 436 more to break the NMU all-time saves record. Tolvanen also now owns a .919 save percentage and 2.30 goals against average this season.
Freshman goaltender Nolan Kent (Chestermere, Alberta) also saw action between the pipes for the first time this season. Kent came in for nearly five minutes to end the second period in his collegiate debut.
Game two of the series will take place Saturday night with the Wildcats looking for their second sweep of the season at 7 p.m. Gwinn will be celebrated for the final "Community Night" of the season. By going online, Gwinn residents 18-and-under can received a free ticket while all other Gwinn residents can purchase $7 tickets by using the promo code "GWINN18".