MARQUETTE, Mich.--The Northern Michigan University Hockey Wildcats (9-11-4, 7-7-2 CCHA) will be hosting the Ferris State University Bulldogs (11-10-4, 8-8-13 CCHA) at the Berry Events Center this weekend (Jan 21. and Jan 22). The puck is set to drop at 7:30 p.m. on both nights. The ‘Cats are coming off a bye week after losing two contests to then number 8 ranked Notre Dame (1-8, 1-3). NMU is eager for a win as have not had a game in the win column since December 17, at home against Michigan Tech (6-2).
This will be the only time the two clubs will skate against each other in regular season play. Last season the ‘Cats and Bulldogs skated twice down in Big Rapids and NMU left the weekend with a tie (won the shootout) and a win. Each club would eventually meet again down at the Joe Louis Arena in the CCHA Semi-finals. The ‘Cats won in overtime (5-4) and advanced to the championship game against Michigan.
The Wildcats will look to junior forward Tyler Gron (Spruce Grove, Alberta) to perform well. Gron leads the team in goals with 12 on the season and 20 points. Sophomore Scott Macualay (Winnipeg, Mantioba) leads the team in assists with 12, while junior Justin Florek of Marquette has 10 assists and eight goals on the season. Greger Hanson (Lindigo, Sweden) has chipped in with 11 assists to help the ‘Cats. In between the pipes the ‘Cats have still been splitting time with junior Reid Ellingson (Cloquet, Minn.) and freshmen Jared Coreau (Perth, Ontario). Ellingson has logged 658:18 minutes with a record of 4-3-2 and Coreau has played in seven games earning 306:40 minutes of play with a record of 3-4-0. Coreau has started the last three games for NMU.
FSU has not made the trip into Marquette since November of 2008 when they defeated NMU both times (6-4, 2-1). The Bulldogs come into the Berry Events Center this weekend after losing a pair of games to Michigan last weekend. Senior Zach Redmond (Traverse City, Mich.) is leading FSU in goals (6), assists (10), and points (16), and has only appeared 19 games this season. Senior Nate Hennig is tied with Redmond scoring six goals as well. Senior Goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield, Mich.) is the top goaltender in the CCHA this season. Nagle has logged in 1347:27 minutes this season and has a 1.96 goal-against-average. His record is 11-8-4 with three shutouts. Both Redmond and Nagle are 2011 Hobey Baker candidates this season.
There are other events planned in conjunction with the series that include a Blue Line Club luncheon and a Fourth Period Party. The BLC luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Friday (Jan. 21) at the NMU University Center. The luncheon is open to the public and the cost of the luncheon is $9 per person. Following Saturday’s game there is a Fourth Period Party reception, sponsored by the Blue Line Club, at Vango’s. For more information on the event or joining the club please contact the Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports Office at 906-227-2107.