The Northern Michigan University Hockey Wildcats (8-8-3, 7-5-2 CCHA) are hosting rival Michigan Technological University Huskies (3-10-2, 1-10-1 WCHA) at the Berry Events Center in a lone non-conference matchup. The puck is set to drop at 7:30 p.m. (EST). The ‘Cats are 4-3-1 at home so far in 2010-11 and will not be back at the home until the new year on January 7 against Notre Dame.
The ‘Cats and Huskies have meet twice this season (Oct. 8 and Oct. 12) with the last contest up in Houghton, Mich. Both clubs skated to a 4-4 tie that evening and in the earlier match the Huskies scored with 15 seconds remaining to take the 4-3 win over NMU inside the Berry. NMU is 62-48-13 all-time against Michigan Tech which includes a 34-17-5 slate in Marquette.
The Wildcats will look to junior forward Tyler Gron from Spruce Grove, Alberta, to perform well against the Huskies. Gron leads the team in goals with 11 on the season. His 11 goals also rank him in eighth place for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. In last Saturday nights win over Notre Dame, Gron scored first for the ‘Cats who defeated the Irish 3-2 in South Bend. Gron also leads the team in points with 18. Junior goaltender Reid Ellingson of Cloquet, Minn. continues to play fierce between the pipes. Ellingson’s goals-against-average is 2.42 on the season.
MTU has not won a game since October 15 against Minnesota State (5-2) in Houghton. The Huskies have not performed well being outscored by their opponents 24-53. Leading the way for MTU is freshmen center Milos Gordic with 12 points and eight goals. Between the pipes the Huskies have had two players play on the season (Kebin Genoe and Josh Robinson) giving up a combined 4.20 goal-against- average.
Through 19 games played the Wildcats have four players with double digit points. Gron leads the Wildcat offense 18 points. Andrew Cherniwchan has five goals and seven assists for 12 points while Greger Hanson also has 12 points recording three goals and nine assists. Justin Florek has six goals and five assists for 11 points. Gron leads the team in power-play goals with four while Cherniwchan has the lone Wildcat short-handed goal on the season.
There will be a teddy bear toss at the game Friday. Fans are asked to bring teddy bears to the game and will be able to toss them onto the ice between the first and second periods. The bears will go to under privileged children in the Marquette community.
Friday’s game is also a social event for Blue Line Club and Wildcat Club members in the Wildcat Room. For more information on the event or joining the club please contact the Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports Office at 906-227-2107.