SAULT STE. MARIE, Mi. – The Wildcats of Northern Michigan (15-4-0 ACHA, 12-0 CCWHA) take on the Lake Superior State University Lakers (1-10-1 ACHA, 1-7-1 CCWHA) in a two-game league series, with the Lakers hosting. Puck drop is set for Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: Northern Takes Two Wins
The Wildcats took down the Lakers 7-2 and 3-0 last season. Carlie Kangas led the way for the Wildcats with five points (5a), while Macy Shultz (3g) and Caitlyn Muehlbacher (3a) each had three points. Brianna Bangle and Jenna Bales each registered a win in the sweep. On the LSSU side, Vanessa Foerch was in net for both games for Lake Superior State. Moe Daigneault and Laura each tallied an assist in the 7-2 loss.
SCOUTING : NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Allison Carlson is currently the point leader for NMU with 70 points (38g, 32a). Carlson averages 2.83 goals per game, 2.08 assists per game, 4.92 points per game and has tallied three short-handed goals in 12 league games. Sierra Rusinek sits at 45 points (27g, 18a) after averaging 1.67 goals a game, 1.33 assists per game and 3.00 points per game. Rusinek has also registered three power play goals as well as three game-winning-goals. Ciara Kangas has managed 41 points (16g, 25a) on the season thus far. Kangas tallies 1.92 assists per game and 2.67 points per game.
Goaltender Jenna Bales has earned a 12-2-0 overall record with a 1.07 goals against average. Bales has recorded six shutouts while having a .943 save percentage. Bales also sits at the number one slot for the CCWA in goals against averages and shutouts. Brianna Bangle has picked up a 3-2-0 record with one shutout. Bangle averages 2.40 goals against with a .918 save percentage.
Northern’s power play is number one in the league, with a 30% success rate.
In their last game, the Wildcats faced off against non-league member, Rainy River Community College, picking up two losses to count towards their overall record. Bales stopped 30 of 35 shots faced in the 5-2 loss, while Bangle made 33 saves from 36 shots in the 3-0 loss. Rusinek and Shultz each tallied a goal in the 5-2 loss.
SCOUTING : LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
Claire Woiderski leads the Lakers this season with 10 points (9g, 1a). Woiderski averages 1.40 goals per game and 1.60 points a game. Moe Daigneault sits at five points (2g, 3a) while Laura Mezzomo also has tallied five points (2g, 3a). Vanessa Foerch has been in net for LSSU picking up a 1-8 overall record while averaging 6.21 goals against and a .846 save percentage.
In their last games, Lake Superior faced off against fellow league member Notre Dame, recording two losses 8-0 and 9-3. Woiderski tallied two goals in the 9-3 game, while Daigneault grabbed the assists on both goals for the Lakers. Foerch went 83/100 on the weekend (saves/shots).
For score updates, you can follow either team on Twitter, @NMU_W_Hockey and @LSSUWomenHockey, or the Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association’s account on Twitter, @ccwha_d2.
Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager