BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Hockey saw four earn All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors while 13 were named to the WCHA All-Academic Team.
Earning First Team All-WCHA honors for the second-straight season were seniors Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland). Junior Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minn.) also earned First Team honors for the first time of his career.
Loggins has notched a total of 39 points this season as he has scored 23 goals and dished out 16 assists. He is currently second in the WCHA in points and goals, with his 23 goals placing him in a tie for second in the NCAA. He leads the league and is tied for first nationally with 10 power play goals and three short-handed goals. In the team's 4-2 victory at Michigan Technological University, the senior record his first career hat trick. In conference play, Loggins paces the league with 20 goals, and 32 points.
Tolvanen was named to the first team again after breaking four NMU school records. He now holds NMU career-records for shutouts in a career, 13, games played, 135, and career saves, 3,487. He also holds the single game record with 58 saves that he set in a win at Michigan Tech. The senior has posted 955 saves this season at .918 clip while starting all 37 games.
Beaulieu finished the conference season with a league-best 22 assists along with six goals. He's tallied the second-most assists in the season among all WCHA players with 28. He also recorded the first hat trick of his career with three goals in a 4-2 victory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in January.
Senior Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam,B.C.) earned Second Team All-WCHA recognition after posting 21 assists in league play, along with five goals. For the full season, the senior notched a total of 26 assists for third in the league. He tied his career-high with four assists in a 5-3 win over Lake Superior State University.
The league also announced their All-Academic Team with 13 Wildcats earning distinction. To earn recognition as a member of the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at their present institution prior to the current academic year, have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if overall GPA is at least 3.0 for all terms at the present institution.
The list of those who earned academic honors include
Junior Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minn.)
Sophomore Robert Fosdick (Brookfield, Wis.)
Junior Brett Heikkila (Marquette, Mich.)
Sophomore Joseph Nardi (Edmonton, Alberta)
Senior Denver Pierce (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
Senior Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, B.C.)
Sophomore Adam Roeder (Ballwin, Mo.)
Sophomore Caleb Schroer (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.)
Sophomore Mitchel Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minn.)
Senior Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland)
Senior James Vermeulen (Stony Plains, Alberta)
Junior Luke Voltin (Blaine, Minn.)
Junior Rylan Yaremko (Spirit River, Alberta)
The Wildcats will take on Bowling Green State University in the WCHA Semifinals this weekend for the seconds straight season. NMU defeated BGSU last year in overtime of game three to advance to the WCHA Championship. The team's split their matchups this season with both teams also score eight goals each. Tickets for each game are still available through the NMU Ticket Office.