MARQUETTE, Mich. – The puck will drop on anther Northern Michigan University hockey season Sunday (Oct. 3). That day the Wildcats will face the Nipissing University Lakers at 2:05 p.m. in an exhibition game at the Berry Events Center.
The Lakers come into the game with five games under their belts. Nipissing faces Michigan Tech Saturday night (Oct. 2) in Houghton. Nipissing received its charter as an independent University in 1992. Today, Nipissing is proud to be a primarily undergraduate university with a reputation for excellence in teacher education, arts, science and professional programs. The school is located in North Bay, Ontario.
Walt Kyle sees the exhibition game as serving two purposes. “It is an evaluation opportunity for us to see some of our younger guys in action,” said Kyle. “Also to see some of the guys who were here a year ago who are going to have to fill different roles for us this year.”
According to Kyle the other things he looks for is tinkering with some of the line combinations. It also gives the coaching staff and opportunity to touch on system play and fundamentals for the ‘Cats to be successful this season.
NMU was picked sixth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) coaches’ poll and seventh in the media poll which was released earlier in the week.
The ‘Cats return two of its top three scorers form last year’s squad. Greger Hanson was second on the team during the 2009-10 season with 38 points (16-22) while Justin Florek was third with 35 points (12-23).
NMU begins for real next week with the Superior Cup. The ‘Cats host Michigan Tech (Oct. 8) and Minnesota-Duluth (Oct. 9). The puck will drop each night at 7:35 p.m.
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