MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team hosting the Alaska Nanooks in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) second round playoffs highlights this week’s schedule.
The Wildcats (17-11-8) and Nanooks begin the best-of-three series Friday (March 12) with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m. Game two is scheduled for Saturday (March 13) also at 7:35 p.m. If a third game is necessary it would be played Sunday (March 14) at 6:05 p.m.
NMU and Alaska met four times during the 2009-10 regular season. Three of the four games ended in a shootout with the Nanooks taking two of the shootouts in Fairbanks. NMU picked up a shootout and a regulation time win (3-2) in Marquette in late January. The winner of the playoff series will advance to Joe Louis Arena and the CCHA Championships (March 19-20).
The hockey weekend will begin with the Blue Line Luncheon Friday (March 12) at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center. The event is open to the public at $8.50 per person. Scheduled to speak will be NMU head coach Walt Kyle.
Ticket prices for the playoff games are: adults $15 and students $5 (includes NMU students with an I.D.).
Playoff tickets are currently available at the Superior Dome Ticket Office, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are also available at the Vista Theater Thrift Shop (Negaunee), Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; the Forest Roberts Theatre, Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; by calling 906-227-1032 or on-line at www.nmu.edu/tickets.
The Berry Events Center ticket window hours will be:
Friday, March 12 – Open at 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 13 – Open at 12 p.m.
Sunday, March 14 – Open at 12 p.m.
For more information, please contact the NMU Ticket Office at 906-227-1032.
The NMU women’s basketball team (21-9) faces the Indianapolis Greyhounds in the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Regional Friday (March 12) at 2:30 p.m. Michigan Tech is the host for the tournament as all the game will be played at the SDC Gymnasium. If the ‘Cats would win they would play next at 5p.m. Saturday (March 13) with the championship game set for Monday (March 15) at 7 p.m. The winner of the tournament would advance to the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight which would be in St. Joseph, Mo. March 23-26.
The Point (100.3 FM) will carry all the action. An audio stream will also be available at the following link http://webb.nmu.edu/SportsAthletics/.
Three other NMU teams will be involved with national competitions this week. Kelli Vander Baan will represent NMU at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships as they are being held in Canton, Ohio March 10-13. She will compete in the 1 and 3-meter diving events. Krista Squiers will carry the NMU banner at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 12-13 in Albuquerque, N.M. She will compete in the 20-pound weight throw.
The third NMU team at an NCAA event this week is the NMU men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams. They will be skating at the NCAA Skiing Championships which are being held in Steamboat Springs, Colo. March 10-13.
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