Tech To Close Out Regular Season vs. CC This Weekend
March 8/9, 2013 • 7:07 p.m.(ET) • MacInnes Student Ice Arena (4,466)
Michigan Tech (11-17-4, 7-15-4 WCHA) hosts Colorado College (13-16-5, 10-12-4 WCHA)
WRAPPING UP THE HOME SCHEDULE
Michigan Tech will play its final home games of 2012-13 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena this weekend. The Huskies opened their 92nd campaign of hockey five months ago with a 6-2 exhibition win over Brock (Oct. 6).
PETAN NAMED WCHA CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Alex Petan earned WCHA Co-Rookie of the Week honors for his performance in Tech's series split at St. Cloud State last weekend. He turned in his fourth three-point game of the season in Tech's 5-1 win over St. Cloud. The right wing had a goal and two assists in the contest to improve his season point total to 14-17=31 in 32 games. Petan ranks tied for third nationally (tied for first in the WCHA) in rookie scoring. His points-per-game average is 0.97. The last Tech player to average a point per game was Colin Murphy (11-42=53 in 37 games) in 2004-05.
PHILLIPS STOPS 36-OF-37 IN 5-1 WIN AT ST. CLOUD
Freshman Jamie Phillips earned his first collegiate win between the pipes with Saturday's (Mar. 2) 5-1 victory. The 6-3, 175-pound goaltender has played in seven games this season, but had only one other start—that coming Dec. 4 vs. Northern Michigan (2-1 loss). Phillips now owns a .915 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average.
BEATING A NATIONALLY-RANKED FOE
Michigan Tech earned its fourth win of the season over a nationally-ranked foe with a 5-1 victory at No. 7 St. Cloud State last Saturday (Mar. 2). The Huskies split the road series, earning their first win at the National Hockey Center since 1998. Tech has wins over two of the top three teams in the league (a 5-3 victory over Minnesota Oct. 19 being the other).
KILL, KILL, KILL
The Huskies killed off seven St. Cloud State penalties in last Saturday's (Mar. 2) game to improve its penalty kill to .801. Tech has allowed just nine power-play goals over the last 16 games and is .859 on the PK during that stretch.
Tech's series with Colorado College this weekend (Mar. 8-9) are the first against the Tigers since the Huskies upset CC in the first round of the WCHA playoffs a year ago. Tech won by scores of 3-1 and 4-3 (OT) to advance to the WCHA Final Five. The teams have met 176 times since the series started in 1947 with CC holding a 93-72-11 advantage in those games. Tech is 37-32-8 at home against the Tigers.
SWEENEY NETS FIRST CAREER GOAL
Sophomore Riley Sweeney scored his first career goal with a shot from the high slot in Saturday's (Mar. 2) first period. The defenseman, who entered with 0-10=10 this season and 0-20=20 for his career, finished the game with a goal and an assist. He now has 1-11=12 in 32 games this year.
BEST SHOT TOTAL
Tech put up a season-high 45 shots on goal in last Friday's (Mar. 1) 5-3 loss at St. Cloud. The Black and Gold have tallied 40 or more shots in a game five times this season and are 3-2-0 in those contests.
KERO JOINS 20-POINT CLUB
Tanner Kero became Michigan Tech's fifth player with 20 points or more after his two-point night at St. Cloud last Saturday (Mar. 2). The sophomore center scored the game's first goal 28 seconds into the first period then had the primary assist on the fifth tally of the night. Kero's season point total is now 8-13=21 in 28 games. He put up nine goals as a rookie.
DAVID JOHNSTONE NOTCHES 10TH GOAL OF 2012-13
David Johnstone became the third Husky with 10 goals this season when he put home a rebound of his own shot Saturday (Mar. 2). The sophomore left wing currently ranks second on the team in total points with 26 on 10 goals and 16 assists.
Michigan Tech will honor its seven seniors with an on-ice ceremony following Saturday's (Mar. 9) game. The group of seniors includes defenseman Tommy Brown, goaltender Kevin Genoe, forward Mikael Lickteig, defenseman Carl Nielsen, forward Aaron Pietila, forward Chad Pietila and defenseman Steven Seigo.
Michigan Tech has a 7-7-1 record since Christmas with a 3-1-1 mark in home games in that time … Tech finished last year's 36-game regular season with 14 wins. This year's team has 11 wins in 32 games … Tech has scored the first goal of the game in six of the last eight contests and stands at 11-3-1 when that happens this season. The Huskies are 0-14-3 when their opponent scores first … Colorado College is breaking a streak of seven home games Tech has played against opponents whose main color is green … Tech's four WCHA Scholar-Athletes will be honored on the ice Saturday (Mar. 9). They are: Kevin Genoe, Mikael Lickteig, Brad Stebner and Daniel Sova.