’Cats look to catch LSSU

Delaney Lovett

The Wildcats battle Lake Superior State this weekend at the Berry Events Center in their last weekend of regular season play.

NMU is 9-11-6-3 in the CCHA and 14-12-6 overall, tied with Notre Dame for eighth place in the conference.

“We know a few things Lake State does and the way they play,” sophomore center Vigier said. “We’ve been watching a bit of video and just kind of working on their weaknesses and how we can exploit that.”
In their last matchup, the Wildcats and Lakers split in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Kyle said LSSU has found a way to get points in nearly every weekend of play, and they are a difficult team to play against.

The Lakers, currently sixth in the conference, are 11-11-4-4 in the CCHA and have a 16-13-5 overall record.

LSSU split last weekend’s series against Western Michigan with a 3-1 loss on Friday, Feb. 17 and a 3-2 on Saturday, Feb. 18.

“Defensively, they play very well,” Kyle said. “They’ve been really efficient on the power-play; we’re going to have to effective killing penalties.”

In the CCHA, Lake State is .226 on the power-play and .837 on the penalty kill, well above opposing teams’ averages.

“We’re going to have to have a good weekend of hockey,” Kyle said. “There’s no question about it.”
Northern Michigan’s five seniors will be honored prior to Saturday’s game.

“We want to play good as a team, win as a team and I think we’re all really fired up and looking forward to it,” said freshman right wing Ryan Daugherty.

The ’Cats play Lake Superior State University at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25.