January 18, 2012

Wildcats Travel North to Michigan Tech

Freshman forward DJ Vandercook.
Freshman forward DJ Vandercook.

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team will travel to Houghton to try and complete the season sweep of the Michigan Tech in a non-conference match up with the Huskies. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 21) from John MacInnes Ice Arena.

The ‘Cats are 10-8-5 overall and 6-7-5-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. NMU is tied for eighth-place in the conference with Michigan State. The Wildcats have only two losses in their last 11 games.

The Huskies are 11-11-1 overall and 8-6-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Michigan Tech is sixth in their conference and is coming off a series sweep of Alaska Anchorage at home. Prior to the series against the Seawolves, MTU had lost 6-of-7 games.

In the first meeting between the two schools this season, the Wildcats defeated the Huskies 4-1 on Dec. 16 from the Berry Events Center. Senior forward Tyler Gron had two goals and an assist in the game and junior forward Matt Thurber added two more assists. Sophomore goaltender Jared Coreau had 28 saves for the ‘Cats in the first game.

Coach Walt Kyle is in his 10th season on the bench for the Wildcats. His all-time record is 186-161-43. He has led NMU to six 20-win seasons and the NCAA Tournament in 2009-10. The ‘Cats have been to the CCHA Tournament at Joe Louis Arena seven times under Kyle.

Gron has four career goals against MTU. Senior forward Andrew Cherniwchan has scored three goals when facing the Huskies.

Saturday’s game will be the 126th meeting between the two schools, dating back to 1079. NMU leads the series 64-48-13. The ‘Cats also lead the series in Houghton by a slim 27-25-8 margin.

NMU is 4-1 against WCHA opponents this season, outscoring opponents 17-10. The Wildcats split with Wisconsin, swept St. Cloud and defeated Michigan Tech. Thurber has six assists and Florek has four goals against the WCHA.

The Wildcats will resume CCHA play next weekend as they travel to the University of Miami.

100.3 FM “The Point”, the official radio station of the NMU Wildcats, broadcasts all hockey games. An online stream is available at: http://wnmufm.org/sportsstream

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