Northern Michigan University Wildcats
The Wildcats remain undefeated after a tie and a win against Alabama Huntsville. The series was the home opener for Northern Michigan.
Friday night was a statistical wasteland, with only two goals and four penalties, all of which came in the second period. Jake Baker got the home team on the board with some help from Reed Seckel and Dominik Shine.
Mathias Dahlstrom stopped 18 of 19 shots. NMU outshot UAH 35-19.
Saturday fared better for the home team as they were able to get a huge 4-1 win.
Brock Maschmeyer led the ‘Cats with two goals, which were his first two of the year. Gerard Hanson also scored his first of the year.
The Wildcats will host WCHA favorite Ferris State for two games on Friday and Saturday night. Both games will start at 7:07 p.m..
The Royales were on a bye last week after a respectable 1-1-1 weekend at Tri City the week before.
This weekend Marquette will remain on the road, this time facing the St. Louis Frontenacs. This will be the first time the two teams will play each other since last regular season. Fans may remember the MnJHL giving the Royales a bye in the opening round of the playoffs instead of forcing the Frontenacs to come to Lakeview Arena.
Fans will also probably remember that St. Louis was the weakest team in the league, winning only once against the Ft. Wayne Federals. This year isn’t much better as they are winless in 12 games. They have scored just 23 goals and have a -67 scoring differential. This could be a great road series for the Royales to climb back up the standings, as archrival Illiana Blackbirds currently sit in fourth.
NMU Men’s Club
In the weekend’s biggest rivalry, the Wildcats hosted their hated rival Northern Illinois Huskies for two games. Looking for non-conference victories after dropping four tough games at defending champion Michigan State and regional powerhouse Grand Valley, the ‘Cats came into this series hungry.
Friday night was nothing short of a Halloween thriller, but the bad blood turned this one into a slasher. Penalties, hard hits into the goaltenders and a full brawl at the end of the game marred this 4-3 match between two even teams.
With less than five minutes to go, Northern’s game-tying goal was missed. Jae Woo Kim was able to rocket a shot top shelf over the goalie’s blocker shoulder. The referee was screened by two players moving in the zone and the puck came out and was ruled a no goal.
Luckily for NMU, Saturday’s game was better in the win column. Wolff Belanger took a pass from Dione Potila early in the third to take a 4-3 lead. NIU pulled their goalie and used the extra attacker to tie up the game with just 23 seconds left.
The Wildcats were able to win the game with an overtime goal from Dalton Carter. It was the first goal of the year for the defenseman from Negaunee. Jeff Nolfo and Matthew Husak recorded the assists.
NMU will host Lindenwood-Belleville for two games at the Berry Events Center. Saturday’s game will start at 10 p.m. after the varsity game and Sunday will be at 1 p.m. after the women’s club game.
NMU Women’s Club
The Women’s club team was on bye last week after an impressive showing at a tournament in Minnesota the week before.
NMU Head Coach Sean Parker said that the team has been working on different things in practice to continue to hone their skills as they look to continue strong in ACHA DII. Northern and Central Michigan left DI as part of a conference expansion by the CCWHA, so even though they changed divisions, both teams are in the same conference and have the ability to compete in the postseason.
The Wildcats will take on Lake Superior State in a two-game series this weekend. A Facebook event has been created to help fans come to the game in a busy hockey week, as the women will be the third club to play in the Berry Events Center this weekend.
The Electricians are heading north of the border to Sudbury, Ont. to play in the 40th Annual SPAD Hockey Tournament, which is sponsored by Laurentian University. They will play four games in the tournament, the first one tonight against the Sudbury Wolves.
Also some former ‘Tros have joined the local ACHA team at Northern Michigan University. Jordan Frazier, Dusty Goupille, Jacob Peterson and Brett Love all played with the Electricians at different points. They join Belanger, Dallas McLaughlin and Gavin Porter, as seven of the 28 members of the NMU men’s club team are former Electricians.