MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Senior Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) set two school records as Northern Michigan University Hockey swept Michigan Technological University with a 3-0 victory Saturday night that saw the team honor their seniors prior to the game. The win also secured them the #2 seed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs and a first round home series.
CELEBRATING THE SENIORS
Prior to the game, the team honored a class of eight seniors. Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Adam Rockwood (Coquitlan, B.C.), Denver Pierce (Sault, Ste. Marie, Mich.), Ryan Black (Stillwater, Minn.), Tony Bretzman (Mendota Heights, Minn.), James Vermeulen (Stony Plain, Alta.) Connor Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) and Tolvanen were honored along with their parents for the contributions each made to the NMU hockey program.
By getting the start in goal tonight, Tolvanen set a new school record for games played for a goalie and has now played in 133 games in his career. With the shutout, he also set a new NMU record with 13 career shutouts.
The senior finished the night with 20 saves and is now just 12 saves away from the career saves mark. He finished the weekend posting 78 saves after setting a single-game record of 58 saves last night in a 4-2 victory at Tech.
NMU outshot the Huskies 12-5 in the first period and capitalized on the advantage by taking a 1-0 lead with 10:02 on the clock.
Loggins scored his fourth goal of the weekend and 20th of the season to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead. Loggins scored off passes from Rockwood and junior Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minn.). It was Rockwoods 23rd assist of the season and 63rd of his career as a Wildcat while Beaulieu got his 25th this year and 71st in his career.
EXTENDING THE LEAD
The Wildcats again outshot the Huskies in the second period, getting 14 shots on goal. 12:21 into the period, the NMU managed to find the net for the second time. At 17:02, the team notched a second goal in the second period and moved to a 3-0 lead heading into the third period.
LOGGINS GETS FIVE
Loggins continued his big weekend by scoring the team's second goal of the night to give him five for the weekend. Scoring on the power play, Bealieu tallied his 26th assist while Tolvanen involved himself on the offense with his second assist this season.
SLATTERY FINDS THE NET
Sophomore Mitchell Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minn.) found the net at 17:02 in the quarter and scored his third goal of the year to move NMU up 3-0. Rockwood notched his 24th assist of the season with sophomore Darien Craighead (Surrey, B.C.) recording his ninth assist this year.
ENDING THE GAME
The final period saw the teams post six shots each but neither team was able to score. The Wildcats ended up outshooting the Huskies 32-20 on the night and also finished with a 33-26 faceoff advantage.
SKATE WITH THE 'CATS
On Sunday, the hockey team welcomes the NMU community to Skate with the 'Cats. Beginning at 3:30 at Lakeview Arena, fans of NMU hockey can skate with the team.
NMU improved to 19-14-2 and 18-8-2 in the WCHA while Tech fell to 14-18-4, 13-12-3-1 in league play. The Wildcats will enter the WCHA Playoffs as the #2 seed and will host the #7 seed, University of Alaska Fairbanks, in the first round. The series begins Friday and Saturday night will both begin at 7 p.m. If a third game is necessary, Sunday's matchup will begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the first round of the WCHA Playoffs are now available online and through the Berry Events Center Ticket Office. Fans can find tickets online HERE. To buy tickets in person, the Berry Events Center Ticket Office will be open Sunday from 1-4 p.m. It will then be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, tickets will be available from 10 a.m. to post-game.