Two Wildcats named WCHA Players of the Week

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BLOOMINGTON, Mn. A pair of No. 19 Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (23-13-3, 19-7-2-2 WCHA) student-athletes earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Week awards the league office announced Monday afternoon. Junior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) is the Defensive Player of the Week.

The Wildcats hosted a first round conference playoff series for the first time since 2012 over the weekend. Taking on the University of Alabama-Huntsville in the Berry Events Center, NMU needed all three games to advance to the semifinal round after earning victories in games one and two.

Loggins finished the three-game weekend with seven points on four goals and three assists. The junior capped the weekend with a career-high four points in Sunday's series-clinching victory. Loggins recorded a power play goal and a shorthanded, empty-net goal to go along with two assists. For the season, Loggins has recorded 44 points on 21 goals and 23 assists. His 44 total points are currently sixth most in the NCAA this season.

Beaulieu tallied eight points over the weekend, highlighted by seven assists. With multiple assists in each game, Beaulieu tied a career-high with three assists in Sunday's 5-2 victory. His lone goal came in the final period of Friday's 7-1 victory over the Chargers. The sophomore also boasted a plus/minus rating of +5 over the three games. For the season, Beaulieu leads all NCAA defensemen with 29 assists and 39 total points. The 39 points are currently the sixth most by an NMU defenseman in a season.

The Wildcats have now earned 11 weekly awards this season between six different student-athletes. Beaulieu has earned the defensive honor three times this season, while Loggins, senior forward Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan), and senior defenseman Jordan Klimek (Langley, British Columbia) have each earned a weekly award twice.

NMU will now turn their attention to Bowling Green State University for the WCHA Playoff semifinals, set for this weekend in the Berry Events Center. As the two-seed, the Wildcats will host the tournament's three-seed in a best-of-three-game series. The series will take place Friday and Saturday in the Berry with both contests scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. A third game will be held Sunday at 7 p.m., if necessary.

Tickets for the series are currently on sale at all NMU ticket outlets. Fans can visit or call the Berry events Center Ticket Office at 906-227-1032 for more information. The Berry Events Center Ticket Office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-game time on Friday, and 4 p.m.-game time on Saturday.