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NMU Hockey Series Snapshot: Wildcats host Wolverines in rematch of last year’s BEC love fest
November 2, 2012 - Matt Wellens
MARQUETTE — The No. 20-ranked Northern Michigan University hockey team will look to rebound this weekend after being swept at home a week ago by No. 7 Notre Dame in the opening weekend of CCHA play.
Life for the Wildcats doesn’t get any easier, however, with No. 8 Michigan returning the the Berry Events Center one last time before joining the Big Ten.
This week’s snapshot comes from official NMU photographer extraordinaire Cory Genovese, who captured this great moment in NCAA sportsmanship from last season between a pair of departed seniors — NMU’s Andrew Cherniwchan and UM’s Shawn Hunwick — during Game 1 of two in Marquette between the Wildcats and Wolverines.
Hunwick and Cherniwchan both got tossed from the game in the brawl that followed that incident, but it was Cherniwchan — and Michigan’s Luke Moffatt — who received a one-game suspension while Hunwick was back in goal the following night.
Moffatt returns with the Wolverines to cold and snowy Marquette while Cherniwchan and Hunwick are now teammates in sunny and warm Charleston, S.C., playing for the South Carolina Sting Rays of the ECHL.
The two haven’t forgotten about their college teammates in the fun and sun, however, with a secret bet between the two for the weekend.
It’s a must-read tweet from Hunwick, check it out.
Now, enough of that lovey-dovey junk between Hunwick and Cherniwchan, let’s dive into the series.
NMU head hockey coach is standing firm when it comes to scheduling nonconference opponents for the future. He will come to opposing rinks for a single series, but only if teams are willing to make a return trip to Marquette, and no two-for-one deals either. Kyle said he wants to play fair, and won’t bend over backwards in order to get teams like Michigan, Notre Dame or Michigan State to the BEC.
Meanwhile, Wolverine coach Red Berenson is dodging the question on whether or not he’ll play by Kyle’s rules, failing to give ESPN 970 AM’s Casey Ford an answer to the question during an interview on Wednesday that aired Thursday.
On the ice, NMU has a lot more to worry about than whether or not it will ever host Michigan again. Forwards A.J. Treais and Alex Guptill have combined for nine goals in five games, and Kyle is asking his defensemen to avoid the unnecessary risks taken in the first six games, or watch NMU junior netminder Jared Coreau get hung out to dry some more.
The Wolverines are coming off a CCHA opening weekend split with Miami in Ann Arbor, and Berenson talks about the series, plus the upcoming one with Northern here during this week’s edition of Inside Michigan Hockey.
In the article, Berenson gives a good assessment of the Wildcats last weekend, saying, “It wasn’t that they got outplayed, they just got outscored.”
Michigan may have to do the same as the Daily’s Liz Nagle writes the Wolverines are down to six defenseman with most notably Jon Merrill out with a cracked seventh vertebrae. Merrill was suspended for last season’s series in Marquette as well.
Michigan game notes can be found here.
NMU game notes can be found here.
I’ll be tweeting live from the Berry Events Center both nights, so follow along.
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Northern Michigan University senior forward Andrew Cherniwchan takes a blow to the head from Michigan senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick on Oct. 21, 2011 at the Berry Events Center. Both players were ejected from the game, however, Cherniwchan received a game disqualification for fighting while Hunwick only received a game misconduct for contact to the head, allowing the Wolverine to return for Saturday's contest. (NMU Sports Information photo)