NMU athletics hosting hockey, Women’s Basketball doubleheader on Tuesday


Travis Nelson/NW

Travis Nelson

Sports schedules have been all over the place for NMU during the pandemic, but that can be a good thing sometimes. Tonight is one of those times when Wildcats’ Hockey hits the ice in the Berry Events Center at 4:37 p.m., and NMU Women’s Basketball takes the court in the PEIF Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

The ‘Cats Hockey team typically never plays on Tuesdays, but tonight’s game with Alabama-Huntsville is a prime example of what COVID-19 has done in changing schedules around. Not only was this series postponed and originally scheduled for Jan. 22-23, but Northern was slated to be on the road. Now with Huntsville healthy and ready to go, they’ll be traveling up to Marquette in a WCHA scheduling quirk. The Wildcats (7-11, 5-3 WCHA) are currently in a stretch of playing eight games in a 14-day span but have won five of their past six games. Puck drop takes place at 4:37 p.m.

A five-minute walk from the Berry Events Center to the PEIF Gymnasium is where the NMU Women’s Basketball team will battle rival No. 19 Michigan Tech. Unlike the hockey series, this game on a Tuesday night was scheduled and will be played where it was originally supposed to. The Wildcats (7-6) have lost three of its past four games after series’ with Northwood and No. 9 Grand Valley State, and things won’t get any easier with the 12-1 Huskies coming into town. NMU is hoping to get junior forward Elena Alaix back from an injury to bolster the offense after the ‘Cats only averaged 33 points per game this past weekend against GVSU.

There are two games for two teams who need wins on Tuesday night for the Hockey and Women’s Basketball squads. Find the full game recaps here: https://www.thenorthwindonline.com/NMUTimeCapsule/sports/