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Friday, October 09, 2009

Northern Michigan Wildcats Preview

By Matt Mackinder/MiCHO Managing Editor


Head coach: Walt Kyle (eighth season)

Home arena: Berry Events Center (3,754)

Last season: 19-17-5 overall, 11-12-5 CCHA (sixth), lost Notre Dame in CCHA semifinals, beat Alaska in third-place game

Returning for the Wildcats:
Goaltenders: Reid Ellingson (back as sophomore after playing in the USHL last season), Devan Hartigan, Brian Stewart, Erik Wetton
Forwards: Jared Brown, Matt Butcher (assistant captain), Andrew Cherniwchan, Justin Florek, Phil Fox, Tyler Gron, Greger Hanson, Ray Kaunisto, Nicholas Kosinski, Mike Maltese, Mark Olver and Bill Smith (assistant captain)
Defenseman: Alan Dorich, Andrew Fernandez, Erik Gustafsson (captain), T.J. Miller (assistant captain) and Erik Spady

No longer sporting the NMU sweater:
Forwards: Tim Hartung, Nathan Sigmund and Nick Sirota
Defensemen: Blake Cosgrove, Ben Lindemulder and Derek May
Goaltender: Derek Janzen

New to the U.P.:
Forwards: Kory Kaunisto, Brian Nugent, Chad Pietila
Defensemen: Wade Epp, Kyle Follmer, Austin Handley, Scott Macaulay

NHL draft picks: 3 (Olver, Butcher, Miller)

Notable Quotable: "We’re older and the class that has led us is the guys that were sophomores a year ago. Some of them weren’t ready to be impact players, but I think they are now. In my opinion, all of our seniors are very solid players and with them being healthy, I think those guys will be able to get us off to a good start, but we have a very difficult schedule to start." - NMU head coach Walt Kyle

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