MARQUETTE, Mich. – The No. 17 ranked Northern Michigan hockey team will host No. 6 University of Notre Dame this weekend. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. from the Berry Events Center on Friday (Nov. 4) and Saturday (Nov. 5).
The ‘Cats are ranked No. 17 in the latest United States College Hockey Online Top 25 poll after receiving 197 points. NMU was No. 14 last week. The ‘Cats are 4-3-1-overall and 1-2-1 in the CCHA, good for seventh place in the conference.
Notre Dame is ranked No. 6 this week by the USCHO and No. 4 by USA Today. The Fighting Irish are 5-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play. The Irish come to Marquette on a 3-game winning streak. The three conference wins came in a series split with Ohio State and a series sweep at Bowling Green. Notre Dame split a non-conference series with Minnesota-Duluth and defeated Rensselaer.
NMU and Notre Dame have an even all-time record 22-22-6, dating back to 1981. The record in Marquette is tied 9-9-2. The Fighting Irish took 3-of-4 games last season.
Justin Florek and Tyler Gron each have two goals in their careers against Notre Dame. Florek has played 10 games and Gron, nine.
Last weekend, NMU was swept in its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association road series at No. 7 Western Michigan. The Broncos won 4-2 on Friday (Oct. 28) and 3-2 in overtime on Saturday (Oct. 29). Sophomore forward Stephan Vigier scored all four NMU goals on the weekend. In 46 games for the ‘Cats, Vigier has eight goals and 10 assists. Senior goaltender Reid Ellingson saw action in both games. He made 29 saves in Friday’s game and 23 on Saturday. Ellingson is now 3-2 on the season. The ‘Cats are 1-2-1-overall and 4-3-1 in the CCHA.
Saturday’s game will be the second annual Pink Experience. NMU is partnering with VAST and the Marquette General Foundation on a fundraiser to benefit the Marquette General Cancer Center. The Pink Experience is a day-long event that includes the volleyball match against Findlay and the hockey game against Notre Dame. Game worn pink jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with a minimum bid of $100. Pink Terrible towels and pink wristbands will be available for $1. Special pink game tickets can be purchased for $20 and there will be a silent auction for a pink hockey stick. All net proceeds will go toward the purchase of new stereotactic breast biopsy equipment at Marquette General Hospital.
The Blueline Club hosts a weekend warm-up at UpFront and Company at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 3). There will also be a fourth period reception at the Marquette Golf Club after Saturday night’s game.
All hockey games can be heard on 100.3 FM “The Point”, the official radio station of the NMU Wildcats.
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