Tech Travels to Madison for WCHA Series at Wisconsin
Dec. 7-8, 2012 • 8:07 p.m. (ET) • Kohl Center (15,237)
Michigan Tech (4-8-1, 3-6-1 WCHA) at Wisconsin (2-7-3, 2-5-3 WCHA)
FULL DECEMBER SCHEDULE FOR TECH
Michigan Tech is in the midst of a nine-day stretch with five games. The Huskies played a rare midweek game at arch rival Northern Michigan Tuesday (Dec. 4) sandwiched between league series vs. Minnesota Duluth Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at Wisconsin Dec. 7-8. Prior to last weekend's (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) games vs. Minnesota Duluth, Tech had played just twice in 26 days.
PETAN RANKS TIED FOR SIXTH NATIONALLY IN ROOKIE SCORING
Freshman Alex Petan posted his second career three-point game with three assists in Saturday's (Dec. 1) 4-4 tie with UMD. The right wing had assists on all three Michigan Tech goals in the third period. Petan leads the team in points with four goals and nine assists in 13 games this season. He ranks tied for sixth nationally among rookies in points per game (1.0).
Michigan Tech and Wisconsin will meet for the 159th and 160th times since the all-time series began in 1927-28. The Badgers hold a 99-50-9 advantage in the series, but the Huskies hold the last two wins. Tech beat UW in back-to-back overtime contests last October in Houghton, earning a 2-1 victory Friday (Oct. 14) and 3-2 triumph Saturday (Oct. 15). The Huskies are seeking their first win in Madison since a 4-2 win on Nov. 2, 2007.
PHILLIPS GETS FIRST COLLEGIATE START
Freshman Jamie Phillips earned his first career start in net for Michigan Tech Tuesday (Dec. 4) at Northern Michigan. The 6-3, 175-pound goaltender stopped 23-of-25 shots he faced in the contest and allowed just two goals (tied for the second fewest by the Huskies this season). Phillips, who is a sixth-round draft choice of the Winnipeg Jets, owns a .906 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average in two appearances this season (the other was a relief stint at Denver (Oct. 26).
SEIGO PICKING UP THE OFFENSE
Steven Seigo scored his third goal in a four-game stretch with an important tally last Saturday (Dec. 1). With the Huskies utilizing the extra attacker under a minute to play, the senior defenseman walked in from the blue line and wristed a shot inside the left post to knot the score at 4-all. Seigo, who had his five-game point streak snapped at Northern Michigan, has six points in the last six games compared to one in the first seven games of the year. Seigo has played in a team-high 125 career games with 16-49=65 to his credit.
STRONG OVERTIME RECORD CONTINUES
Michigan Tech moved its record in overtime games under head coach Mel Pearson to 6-1-5 with the tie last Saturday (Dec. 1). The Huskies were 4-1-4 a year ago in the extra session and have a 2-0-1 mark so far in 2012-13.
PIETILA PACES HUSKIES WITH EIGHT GOALS
Blake Pietila scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the third period of Saturday's (Dec. 1) tie with UMD. The sophomore put home a rebound of an Alex Petan shot. Pietila ranks third in the WCHA and 19th nationally in goals per game (.62).
Defenseman Brad Stebner found the back of the net for the first time this season with a wrister from the left point on the power play at Northern Michigan Tuesday (Dec. 4). The assistant captain has 1-4=5 in 13 games this season and 4-12=16 in 80 career games.
GENOE'S RECORD STANDS AT 3-1-1
Goaltender Kevin Genoe earned the tie in net last Saturday (Dec. 1) to move his season record to 3-1-1. He ranks 12th nationally with a winning percentage of .700. The senior owns a goals against average of 3.21 and save percentage of .897 this season.
FURNE AT 50
Ryan Furne recorded two assists in last Saturday's (Dec. 1) tie with UMD to run his career point total to 50. The junior has 25 goals and 25 assists in 89 career games.
Michigan Tech is 4-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game and 0-7-1 when its opponent scores first … Michigan Tech's top five point-getters are all freshmen and sophomores … The Huskies' first game on the olympic sheet was at Northern Michigan Tuesday (Dec. 4) … Freshman defenseman Walker Hyland tallied his first collegiate point with an assist on Stebner's goal at NMU … Seniors Aaron Pietila and Tommy Brown were both in the lineup at Northern Michigan. It was Pietila's second game this season and Brown's first.