MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team (0-4-1, 0-2-0 CCHA) opens up the home portion of the conference schedule this weekend with a series against the Ohio State Buckeyes (2-3-0, 1-1-0 CCHA). The puck will drop each night, Oct. 29-30, at 7:35 p.m.
Events for the series will get underway Friday (Oct. 29) with the Blue Line Luncheon beginning at 11:45 a.m. in the University Center. The luncheon is open to the public with the cost $9 per person. Scheduled to speak will be NMU head coach Walt Kyle along with OSU head coach Mark Osiecki. Selected Wildcats will be on hand to say a few words.
Saturday’s game will be the final event of the day-long “The Pink Experience” with the NMU team wearing pink jerseys for the occasion. The jerseys will be up for auction after the game for a $100 minimum big for a jersey. All net proceeds will be gifted to the Marquette General Breast Cancer Care program. Tickets for the game are available for $12 each. Other activities include a chuck-a-puck; 50/50 ticket sale and athletes will be available after the game for autographs and jersey signings. “The Pink Experience” t-shirts will be on sale at the Berry Events Center for $10.
The Wildcats still searching for its first win of the season were swept last week at Miami (0-4, 1-9). The Buckeyes split at the road against Ferris State with a 2-1 loss Friday night and a win Saturday (5-3).
Greger Hanson leads the ‘Cats with five points, all on assists. Three players have two goals each to pace the team. Tyler Gron, Justin Florek and Andrew Fernandez each have a pair of goals. Florek has recorded both of NMU’s power-play markers. Reid Ellingson and Jared Coreau have seen time between the pipes. Ellingson is 0-3-0 with a 4.57 goal-against average and a .840 save-percentage. Coreau is 0-1-1 with a 4.88 goal-against average and a .900 save-percentage.
Sergio Somma (4-3-7) and John Albert (3-4-7) lead the Buckeyes with seven points. Somma leads OSU in goals, with four, while Albert leads the team in assists, with four. Cal Heeter has seen all the time in front of the net for the Buckeyes so far this season. He is 2-3-0 with a 2.23 goal-against average and a .924 save-percentage.
The Point (100.3 FM) will carry the action from the Berry Events Center. A video and audio stream will also be available (http://webb.nmu.edu/SportsAthletics/SiteSections/ForCatFans/GameBroadcasts.shtml). Gametracker is available off the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) web site (http://www.ccha.com/default.aspx