March 3, 2009
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Highlighting this week’s home schedule is the clash between Northern Michigan University (14-15-5, 11-12-5-3 CCHA) and Michigan State University in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) playoffs. The first-round series is a best-of-three affair. The Wildcats are the sixth seed of the playoffs while the Spartans are 11th.
The two teams met earlier in the season in East Lansing. The first night (Oct. 24) the two teams skated to a 2-2 draw, but MSU won the shootout, 2-1, to pick up the extra point. MSU then won the second game of the weekend by a score of 2-0. Last year also in East Lansing the Wildcats knocked the Spartans out of the CCHA playoffs. NMU took the second-round series with an overtime win in the third and deciding game, 3-2, after dropping the first game of the series (5-1). NMU won the second game by a score of 2-1.
Tuesday (March 3) the NMU women’s basketball team (14-13, 9-13 GLIAC) will take to the road to Houghton to face Michigan Tech University in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinals at 6 p.m. MTU swept NMU in its two regular season meetings. The Huskies won in Houghton (74-43) in the middle of December and then in Marquette a couple of weeks later (69-60). If the Wildcats would win they would advance in the tournament to play Friday and then possibly on Saturday (March 6-7) in the semifinals and finals.
Friday (March 6) the day will get started with a special Blue Line Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in the University Center to preview the NMU-MSU playoffs series. The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $8.50 per person. Walt Kyle along with selected Wildcats are expected to speak. Later that day the puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. for the first game of the series. The second game is set for Saturday (March 7) also at 7:35 p.m. If a third game would be necessary it would be played Sunday (March 8) at 7:35 p.m.
Season ticket seats will be held until Tuesday, March 3 at 5 p.m. After that time the seats will be available to anyone.
Ticket specials for the playoff series are being offered through Tuesday, March 3 at 5 p.m. Adult tickets will be $10, students which include NMU students are $5 while groups with a minimum of 10 people are $5 each.
Ticket prices on Wednesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 8 would be the following: adults $15, students $5 (includes NMU students) and the group rate would be $5 for each person with a minimum of 10 people.
The Berry Events Center Ticket Window will have the following hours:
Friday, March 6 – Open at 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 – Open at noon
Sunday, March 8 – Open at noon
The Superior Dome Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -6 p.m. For more information contact the NMU Ticket Office at 906-227-1032.
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