MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team opens up Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play this weekend at the Berry Events Center. Also at home the volleyball squad closes out the home regular season portion of the schedule with a non-conference match. Football, soccer, swimming and diving are on the road.
The hockey team (1-2-1, 0-0-0 CCHA) faces the Miami RedHawks Friday and Saturday (Oct. 30-31) with the puck dropping each night at 7:35 p.m. It is the opening series in conference play for the Wildcats. The ‘Cats are facing for the second weekend in a row a team that participated in last year’s Frozen Four. Special events for Halloween include a costume contest on the ice; trick-or-treat between the suites and a suite decorating contest.
There will be a Blue Line Luncheon Friday (Oct. 30) beginning at 11:45 a.m. in the University Center. The cost is $8.50 per person. NMU head coach Walt Kyle along with Miami head coach Enrico Blasi are scheduled to speak along with selected Wildcats.
Also at home Friday (Oct. 30) is the volleyball team (16-8, 10-3 GLIAC). The ‘Cats conclude the home regular season portion of the schedule with a non-conference match against Finlandia at 5:30 p.m. NMU will stay in the U.P. Saturday (Oct. 31) with a conference match at Michigan Tech at 4 p.m. The ‘Cats are currently in first place in the GLIAC North Division. Mandie Meyer was named this week’s GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for her performance last weekend against Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State.
The football team (5-3, 5-3 GLIAC) will look to snap its two-game skid with a trip to Allendale, Mich. to take on the Grand Valley State Lakers. Kickoff is set for Saturday night (Oct. 31) at 7 p.m. Last week the ‘Cats lost a defensive struggle at Findlay (9-6). This is the next to last game of the season for the ‘Cats.
Saturday’s football game will be on The Bay (94.9 FM) while the hockey game that night will be on The Point (100.3 FM).
Also on Saturday (Oct. 31) the NMU women’s soccer team (8-8-1, 6-6-1 GLIAC) closes out the regular season with a game at Ashland at noon. The ‘Cats defeated the Eagles (5-0) earlier in the season in Marquette. NMU has already nailed down a home field spot in next week’s GLIAC Women’s Soccer Tournament. The game will be Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
Opening up its 2009-10 schedule the NMU women’s swimming and diving team travels to Hillsdale, Mich. to take on the Chargers. Action gets underway Saturday, Oct. 31 beginning at 11 a.m.
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