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Monday NMU notebook: Belmonte, Adair honored by leagues, hockey remains ranked

November 5, 2012 - Matt Wellens

Belmonte breaks another record, earns another weekly honor from GLIAC

MARQUETTE — For the second time this season, a broken Northern Michigan University record earned senior Wildcat kicker Rockne Belmonte the honor of being the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

On Oct. 13, Belmonte broke the Superior Dome and NMU record for longest field goal made from 58 yards in a win over Grand Valley State, earning him the honor.

In Saturday’s 33-28 win over Saginaw Valley State in Marquette, Belmonte missed his first kick of the day from 51 yards, then nailed his next four from 36, 55, 49 and 46 yards to break the school record for field goals made in a career, which now stands at 42. Kyle Marotz was the previous record holder having hit 41 from 2002-05.

“Belmonte was the player of the game,” NMU head coach Chris Ostrowsky said Saturday following the win. “It was just an amazing effort by him.

“It’s one of those dream things to get the record and the win and the way the record came. It’s one thing if you lose the game 35-9 and kick three field goals and he broke the record. It’s a different thing when you win a football game 33-28 and you kick four field goals. I thought it was awesome. That record will stand for a long, long time.”

Belmonte, who is 11-of-17 this season on field goals, also holds the record for most field goals made in a season after hitting 15 last year.

The Wildcats (4-6 overall, 3-6 in GLIAC) end the season Saturday hosting Ferris State for Senior Day at 1 p.m. inside the Superior Dome having won three of their last four games.

Adair named CCHA Rookie of the Week

NMU freshman forward Cohen Adair took over the hockey team’s high of five goals by scoring both nights against Michigan over the weekend, contributing a goal and an assist on Friday and a goal Saturday to be named the CCHA Rookie of the Week for a second time this season.

Adair has scored in each of the Wildcats’ last three games after scoring in both contests against Wisconsin in Green Bay — the first time he earned the honor.

Among CCHA players, Adair is tied for second behind Treais in goals scored and he leads all CCHA freshman in goals scored.

Senior Matt Thurber leads the Wildcats and the CCHA in scoring with a goal and 10 assists for 11 points while Seckel, Adair and junior forward Stephan Vigier sit second on the team with six points each.

Thurber’s 10 assists also leads the CCHA and all of NCAA Division I college hockey.

Wildcats jump to No. 16 in USCHO poll

The Wildcats returned to No. 16 in this week’s poll after losing a shootout and defeating Michigan outright over the weekend in CCHA play.

The NCAA doesn’t recognize shootouts, leaving the Wildcats’ official record at 4-3-1 on the season.

NMU was ranked No. 16 in the Oct. 22 USCHO poll, but fell to No. 20 last week after being swept by Notre Dame.

The Irish (6-2-0) sit at No. 7 this week while Michigan (3-3-1) fell from No. 8 to No. 12. NMU’s opponent this week, Miami (5-2-1), sits at No. 5 while Boston College (6-1-0) is No. 1.

NMU is unranked in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s Top 15 poll, but did receive 15 points in voting, good for 17th.



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