This press box may be as close to the ice as any I've been in. Maybe Amsoil in Duluth is closer.
Northern Michigan also has benches on opposite sides of the rink a la Michigan Tech and the old Bemidji rink.
Brett Knowles is a scratch tonight. Apparently he's sick tonight. Michael Huntebrinker takes his place.
Josh Nelson is back in the lineup after missing Saturday.
This is MSU's first trip to Marquette. NMU had left the WCHA before Minnesota State joined the league in 1999.
MSU starters: Huggins, Foguth, Jutzi, Margonari, Grant, McInnis
NMU starters: Dahlstrom, Taurence, Baker, Sooth, Seckel, Shine
Took me about 9 hours total. Made a couple of stops and some roads were slower. Probably an 8-hour drive if it's opening weekend in October. :)
Nice back check by Jutzi on a potential breakaway.
Jordan Nelson is down on the ice and he's hurt. On his hands and knees.
Now being helped off the rink. Did he get hit in the head? No call. First whistle at 2:46 with the injury.
Thompson is in the press box. Knowles is in Marquette but sick (not sure if he's in the building)
MSU on the penalty kill now as Palmquist is off for holding
Good killing by Leitner. Takes some time off the clock with the puck on his stick
Now a Northern penalty coming as Stepan (I think) got drilled hard into the boards
Boarding is the call. ... MSU now on the power play
Good pressure on the MSU power play. Not sure if the've gotten anything on net though.
Shots on the board say 1-1 with 12:38 left
Oh, seems like a nice rink to me.
Northern deflection goes off the cross bar!
Looked like may be they could review that crossbar play but no.
Stepan got drilled again. That one seemed late, possible interference?
No call, but I thought that was supposed to be a point of emphasis
Another good back check by Jutzi
Stern just about got walked 1-on-1, recovered well and then Huggins made a heads-up poke-check to take away a scoring chance.
Shots are 6-4 for Northern, according to the scoreboard. Seems like a lot for the Wildcats.
Man's shift for McInnis there. Not sure how many hits he took and delivered in about 20 seconds.
Palmquist now doing a good job getting back. MSU had 4 guys below the dots and then made a bad pass. Players had to hustle back.
It does not appear that Jordan Nelson has returned to the bench.
1 minute left in the period.