MARQUETTE, Mich. ?? The Northern Michigan University hockey team hits the road for the first time in conference play to face the Alaska Nanooks on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 1, 2) for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The puck drops in Fairbanks, Ala., at 11:07 p.m. Eastern Time both nights. This trip marks the first of two trips to Alaska for the hockey 'Cats in the 2013-14 season.
NMU is 2-4-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the WCHA after a split with Michigan Technological University last weekend. The Wildcats took the 2-0 victory against the Huskies on Friday (Oct. 25) in front of a sold out crowd at the Berry Events Center before losing 4-1 in Houghton, Mich. on Saturday (Oct. 26).
Alaska is 3-1-2 overall entering its first WCHA series this weekend. The Nanooks defeated Mercyhurst College, 5-4 on Friday (Oct. 25) and tied 3-3 on Saturday (Oct. 26) at home.
The Wildcats hold the 28-8-12 advantage over Alaska in 48 games, dating back to 1989. NMU has 162 goals for and 112 goals against in their games against the Nanooks.
Seniors Reed Seckel and Stephan Vigier lead Northern in points against Alaska. In eight games, Vigier has one career goal and six assists, while Seckel has two goals and three assists for give points in six games. In 2012-13, the two teams met four times. The first series, in Marquette, the Wildcats won on Friday (Nov. 23), 4-3 in overtime before tying 2-2 on Saturday (Nov. 24). In the second series Alaska swept the Wildcats in Fairbanks, losing 2-1 (Jan. 25) and 4-2 (Jan. 26).
On the season, Vigier leads the Wildcats with six points on five goals and one assist. Senior CJ Ludwig has five points on two goals and three assists. Redshirt freshman goalie Mathias Dahlstrom has started in four games for a 2.77 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Sophomore Michael Doan started in two non-conference games, finishing with five goals against, 46 saves, a 2.53 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
100.3 FM "The Point", the official radio station of the NMU Wildcats, broadcasts all hockey games. Wildcat hockey can also be heard on Eagle 107.3 in Escanaba and Eagle 96.7 in Newberry.
All home and WCHA games are available for viewing online through America One. A season WCHA Hockey Pass is $150 and includes all 140 conference games. A 30-day pass is $45. NMU hockey home games are produced in high definition video.