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Preview: NMU v. Aquinas

MARQUETTE, MI – The Saints of Aquinas College travel to the Upper Peninsula to take on the Wildcats of Northern Michigan University. Aquinas enters the weekend at 7-4-0 while Northern Michigan welcomes the Saints in with a 12-1-0 record this season.


Marlowe Pentecost leads the Saints with 22 points (11g-11a) and averages 1.29 goals per game (No. 9 CCWHA), 1.43 assists per game (No. 7 CCWHA) and 2.71 points per game (No. 4 CCWHA). Brooke Forgar has racked up 20 points (14g-6a) this season. Forgar averages 1.71 goals per game (No. 3 CCWHA), and 2.43 points per game (No. 9 CCWHA). Maria Manko it’s the third highest point leader for the Saints with 16 points (10g-6a). Manko is averaging 1.43 goals per game (No. 6 CCWHA), and 2.29 points per game (No. 9 CCWHA). Holly Ensley has seen time in net for every game, 7-4-0 record, and averagings 3.82 goals against with a .900 save percentage.

Aquinas is coming off a weekend sweep of Lake Superior State University, 8-2 and 5-2. Forgar grabbed five points (4g-1a) in the series, Pentecost tallied four points (3g-1a) while Ensley stopped 54 of 58 shots on net.


Allison Carlson is leading the way for Northern with 51 points (27g-24a). Carlson averages 2.60 goals per game (No. 1 CCWHA), 2.20 assists per game (No. 1 CCWHA) and 4.80 points per game (No. 1 CCWHA). Sierra Rusinek snagged 39 points (23g-16a) so far this season. Rusinek is currently averaging 1.90 goals per game (No. 2 CCWHA), 1.50 assists per game (No. 6 CCWHA) and 3.40 points per game (No. 2 CCWHA). Kendall Turro sits at number three for the Wildcats in points, with 31 (11g-20a). Turro averages 1.10 goals per game, 1.90 assists per game (No. 2 CCWHA) and 3.00 points per game (No. 3 CCWHA). Jenna Bales has a 9-0-0 record so far, with a .67 goals against average (No. 1 CCWHA) and a .957 save percentage. Bales has registered five shutouts, which puts her at No. 1 in the CCWHA. Brianna Bangle has seen time in four games with a 3-1-0 record. Bangle averages 2.25 goals against with a .919 save percentage.

The Wildcats enter the weekend after a sweep of Central Michigan, 12-1 and 14-0. Carlson recorded six points (5g-1a), Rusinek tallied eight points (5g-3a) while Turro grabed five points (2g-3a). Katherin Pryor helped Northern to the 12-1 win with four points (2g-2a) while Ciara Kangas found herself with six points (3g-3a) in the first win. Bales saw time in both games, picking up 27 saves from 31 shots on net.


For score updates, you can follow either team on Twitter, @NMU_W_Hockey and @AQWomensHockey, or the Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association’s account on Twitter, @ccwha_d2.

Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager