Loggins Three Points Lead Northern Michigan Past Minnesota State, 4-1
Junior forward Troy Loggins posts two goals and assist for Wildcats

Junior forward Troy Loggins scored two goals and an assist for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:43  MNS1-0 EV C.J. Suess (4)Jack McNeely/3, Reggie Lutz/2
2nd 3:29  NMU1-1 PP Troy Loggins (2)Adam Rockwood/5, Robbie Payne/3
2nd 14:55  NMU2-1 SH GW Robbie Payne (7)Zach Diamantoni/2
2nd 19:57  NMU3-1 PP Darien Craighead (3)Troy Loggins/7, Philip Beaulieu/4
3rd 18:19  NMU4-1 EV EN Troy Loggins (3) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  1001
Northern Michigan  0314
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  661224
Northern Michigan  88319
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (6-3-0)  0/3 9/29 0
Northern Michigan (5-3-0)  2/6 5/13 1
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jason Pawloski (L, 2-3-0)58:473 85215
Empty Net1:131     
Northern Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Mathias Israelsson (W, 1-0-0)60:001 561223

MARQUETTE, Mich. - Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (5-3, 3-1 WCHA) earned a series-split with No. 9 Minnesota State University Mankato (6-3, 4-2 WCHA) with a 4-1 victory Saturday evening at the Berry Event Center. The win gives the Wildcats their second series split of 2017 with a top-10 ranked opponent.

For the second-consecutive evening, the Wildcats surrendered the early lead to the Mavericks, despite outshooting MSU 8-6 in the period. The Mankato goal came eight minutes, 43 seconds into the period, with NMU trailing the rest of the period into the first intermission.

A flurry of goals in the second period gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the season after NMU found the back of the net three times in the period. Junior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) got the scoring started three minutes in for his second score of the year. Junior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and senior forward Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan) were each credited with assists, Rockwood getting his fifth and Payne earning his third.

Payne got in on the scoring at the 15-minute mark with a goal of his own. The senior captain's seventh was one for the highlight reel, scoring from his back. Sliding in front of the goal crease, Payne was down on the ice with his back to the goal, while the puck was above his head. By reach his stuck above his head, Payne was able to flip the puck backwards into the net, giving NMU the 2-1 lead. Senior forward Zach Diamantoni (Montgomery, New Jersey) earned his second assist of the year on the play.

With just seconds remaining in the period, sophomore forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) gave the Wildcats some insurance with the squad's third goal of the game. Loggins was credited with his seventh assist of the season on the score, while sophomore defender Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) earned his fourth.

In the final period, Mankato outshot the Wildcats 12-3, but NMU made managed to add to their lead on an empty-net goal from Loggins for his second score of the game and third of the season. The goal made gave the Wildcats their 4-1 lead, the game's final score.

Making his first start of the year in three appearances, sophomore goaltender Mathias Israelsson (Ytterby, Sweden) earned his first win of 2017 in the victory. Israelsson made a season-high 23 saves in the contest to bring his total for the year to 44.

The Wildcats return to action next weekend with a home-and-home series with rival Michigan Technological University (4-5-2, 2-4-2 WCHA) Friday's game will begin at 7:07 p.m. in Houghton, Michigan, with both teams making the trip down to Marquette, Michigan for Saturday's 7 p.m. contest.