January 20, 2009
MARQUETTE, Mich. – It will be a busy Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Berry Events Center. Men’s and women’s basketball along with hockey will be the main tenants for the three days.
Both basketball teams will host the Lakers of Lake Superior State Thursday (Jan. 22). The Northern Michigan University women’s team (9-6, 4-6 GLIAC), winners of three of its past four games, gets the ball rolling with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. Following the women’s game the NMU men’s basketball team (9-6, 4-6 GLIAC) will face the Lakers at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s events (Jan. 23) will begin with the Blue Line Club Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in the University Center which will serve as a preview to the weekend series against the Alaska Nanooks. This series is the first home Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series for the NMU hockey team (6-13-3, 3-10-3-2 CCHA) since hosting Ferris State (Nov. 28-29). The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $8.50 per person. NMU head coach Walt Kyle is expected to speak along with selected Wildcats. There will be a pre-game Blue Line/Wildcat Club Social in the Wildcat Room before the NMU-Alaska hockey game that night. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m.
Saturday (Jan. 24) will be a busy day at the Berry Events Center. Women’s basketball will have a morning game against Saginaw Valley State at 11 a.m. and that will be followed by the men’s game at approximately 1 p.m. against the Cardinals. After removing the court the Wildcats and Nanooks will play the second game of the weekend series at 7:35 p.m. After the hockey game there will be a fourth period reception at the Landmark Inn.
The NMU Student-Athlete Training Organization will be holding a hockey equipment drive on Saturday. Donations can be dropped off before the hockey game that night. Items which can be donated include: helmets, pads and gloves.
Wildcat Willy will celebrate his birthday on Saturday with a birthday bash from 3-6 p.m. in the PEIF. The event is free and open to the public and will include carnival games, climbing wall, swimming, crafts and games for all ages.
On the road this weekend (Jan. 24-25) the NMU men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams will be competing at the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Championships which will be held in Grand Rapids, Minn.
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