The Northern Michigan University hockey team will log a lot of miles in the air this season. The ‘Cats are one of two teams in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association that will have to travel to Alaska twice and once to Alabama-Huntsville.
NMU is headed to Alaska for their first WCHA road series of the season this weekend against the Nanooks. The Wildcats dropped both games last season to the Nanooks in Alaska.
In order for that to change this time around, Wildcats head coach Walt Kyle said that his team must keep tabs on the Nanooks’ top line.
“They have a really good core of forwards up there,” said Kyle. “The three guys you hear a lot about are (Cody) Kunyk, (Colton) Beck, and (Brandon) Morley. They all have really, really good speed and some offensive flair to their game. One of the big things if we’re going to have success is going to be our ability to be able to contain them.”
“Going up there (to Alaska) is a tough task because of the long trip,” said NMU forward Reed Seckel. “We didn’t have the best of luck up there last year. We have to have a different mindset. It’s just a game and at the end of the day, its a game that we just have to go out there and take over.”
Puck drop is scheduled for 11:07 p.m. eastern time for Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2. NMU is 2-4-0 through six games this season. The Wildcats have a 1-1 record in conference play.