HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Hockey got the first-ever hat trick from senior Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and a school record 58 saves from senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) to defeat rival Michigan Technological University 4-2 Friday night.
THE FIRST PERIOD
The game stayed even for nearly the first 10 minutes but the Wildcats managed to score 9:54 into the period. They then added another goal at the 14:58 mark to go up 2-0. However, the Huskies were able to take advantage of a power play opportunity and made it 2-1 with three minutes to go in the first.
LOGGINS FINDS THE NET
Loggins put the Wildcats on the board and scored his 51st career goal when he scored 9:54 into the game. Senior Denver Pierce (Sault Ste Marie, Mich.) notched his eighth assist of the season while sophomore Adam Roeder (Ballwin, Mo.) recorded his third.
Loggins then put the Wildcats up 2-0 at 14:58 to post his 100th career point. It was also the 20th goal this season for the senior. Pierce picked up his second assist of the night as well, with senior James Vermeulen (Stony Plain, Alta.) getting his fifth assist this year.
IT GOT EVEN
In the second period, the Huskies managed to tie the game at the 14:14 mark.
THE THIRD PERIOD
The teams entered the third period tied at 2-2 but the Wildcats added two goals to secure the victory. The Wildcats struck first 7:07 into the final period for what resulted in the game-winning goal. Then with three seconds remaining, NMU took advantage of the empty net to take a 4-2 victory.
DEMEY'S GAME WINNER
7:02 into the third period, freshman Vincent de Mey (Los Angeles, Calif.) put the Wildcats back on top by scoring his third career goal and first game winner. Senior Tony Bretzman (Mendota Heights, Minn.) tallied his seventh assist at NMU while junior Luke Voltin (Blaine, Minn.) recorded his fifth assist of the year.
LOGGINS NETS A HAT TRICK
With just three seconds left in the game, Loggins recorded the hat trick of his career by scoring his third goal of the night after Michigan Tech pulled their goalie for the empty net goal. Senior Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, B.C.) notched his 22nd assist this season along with Vermeulen getting his second of the night.
ATTE'S RECORD WATCH
Tolvanen set a new school record with 58 saves on the night, breaking the old record of 57 saves set by John Corrigan versus Boston College on December 8, 1984. Tolvanen now has 3,403 saves to move into a tie for second place all-time. He enters Saturday's contest just 32 saves away from setting a new NMU career saves record.
The senior also tied the school record for 132 appearances in his career. By appearing in tomorrow night's game, Tolvanen will also set the NMU career record for appearances by a goaltender with 133 career appearances.
With the win, NMU improves to 18-14-2 on the season and 17-8-2-0 in the WCHA while Michigan Tech fell to 14-17-4 this year with a 13-11-1 conference record. The teams will face off again Saturday night in the Berry Events Center. Prior to the game, the NMU seniors will be honored as part of the team's Senior Night celebration.