No Event
No Event
No Event
Sun Oct 01
Final
2 Michigan Tech
3 at Wisconsin
US Hockey Hall of Fame Game
Fri Oct 06
Final
3 Union
6 vs. Michigan Tech
@ Duluth, Minn.
Sat Oct 07
Final
4 Michigan Tech
3 at Minnesota Duluth
Ice Breaker Tournament - Duluth, Minn.
Fri Oct 13
Final
4 Michigan Tech
3 at Lake Superior State
Great Lake State Weekend
Sat Oct 14
Final Shootout - Away
2 Michigan Tech
2 at Lake Superior State
Great Lake State Weekend
Fri Oct 20
Final
4 Alabama Huntsville
5 Michigan Tech
Sat Oct 21
Final
4 Alabama Huntsville
2 Michigan Tech
Fri Oct 27
Final
1 Michigan Tech
3 at Minnesota State
Sat Oct 28
Final
3 Michigan Tech
5 at Minnesota State
Fri Nov 03
Final
2 Bowling Green
1 Michigan Tech
Sat Nov 04
Final - OT
2 Bowling Green
2 Michigan Tech
Fri Nov 10
Final
1 Northern Michigan
4 Michigan Tech
Military Appreciation Weekend- Biggby Coffee
Sat Nov 11
Final
0 Michigan Tech
4 at Northern Michigan
Fri Nov 17
Final - OT
1 Michigan Tech
1 at Alaska Anchorage
Sat Nov 18
Final - OT
3 Michigan Tech
3 at Alaska Anchorage
Fri Nov 24
Final - OT
5 Michigan Tech
4 at Alaska
Sat Nov 25
Final
5 Michigan Tech
1 at Alaska
Fri Dec 08
Final
4 Ferris State
3 Michigan Tech
Sat Dec 09
Final
1 Ferris State
5 Michigan Tech
Teddy Bear Toss
Fri Dec 15
7:07 PM
Lake Superior State
Michigan Tech
Sat Dec 16
7:07 PM
Lake Superior State
Michigan Tech
$50,000 Truck Promo
Mon Jan 01
2:37 PM
Michigan State
vs. Michigan Tech
@ 53rd GLI - Little Caesars Arena (Detroit)
Tue Jan 02
TBA
Michigan / Bowling Green
vs. Michigan Tech
@ 53rd GLI - Little Caesars Arena (Detroit)
Fri Jan 05
8:00 PM
Michigan Tech
vs. Boston College
@ Ice Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.
Sat Jan 06
TBA
Michigan Tech
vs. TBA
@ Ice Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.
Fri Jan 19
7:07 PM
Alaska
Michigan Tech
Sat Jan 20
7:07 PM
Alaska
Michigan Tech
Fri Jan 26
7:07 PM
Michigan Tech
at Ferris State
Sat Jan 27
7:07 PM
Michigan Tech
at Ferris State
Fri Feb 02
7:37 PM
Michigan Tech
at Bowling Green
Sat Feb 03
7:07 PM
Michigan Tech
at Bowling Green
Fri Feb 09
7:07 PM
Bemidji State
Michigan Tech
Winter Carnival
Sat Feb 10
5:07 PM
Bemidji State
Michigan Tech
Winter Carnival
Fri Feb 16
7:07 PM
Arizona State
Michigan Tech
Sat Feb 17
7:07 PM
Arizona State
Michigan Tech
Econo Foods Kids Day
Fri Feb 23
7:00 PM
Michigan Tech
at Northern Michigan
Sat Feb 24
7:07 PM
Northern Michigan
Michigan Tech
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PREVIEW: Hockey Travels to Duluth for Ice Breaker Tournament

PREVIEW: Hockey Travels to Duluth for Ice Breaker Tournament
MICHIGAN TECH at ICE BREAKER TOURNAMENT
Date Friday-Saturday, October 6-7, 2017
Time 5 / 5 or 8:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Location AMSOIL Arena | Duluth, Minnesota
Radio Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ
  Dirk Hembroff
Online Audio Pasty.net
Video Stream NCHC.tv
Game Notes Michigan Tech | Union
  Minnesota Duluth | Minnesota
Live Stats Friday | Saturday
Live Tweeting Twitter.com/mtuhky
Tech's Record 0-1-0 | 0-0-0 WCHA 
Union's Record 0-1-0 | 0-0-0 ECAC
UMD's Record 0-0-0 | 0-0-0 NCHC
UM's Record 0-0-0 | 0-0-0 Big Ten

 

THIS WEEK'S NOTES

THIS WEEK'S GAME
• Michigan Tech plays in the annual Ice Breaker Invitational Tournament this year hosted by Minnesota Duluth at AMSOIL Arena.
• Tech plays Union Friday at 5 p.m. (Eastern) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
• Host UMD and Minnesota play in the second semifinal on Friday. Game times for Saturday are 5:07 and 8:37 p.m. (Eastern).

ON THE RADIO
• Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ broadcasts all Michigan Tech hockey games. You can also listen to the games online at Pasty.com or by using the TuneIn Radio App on a smart phone.
• Dirk Hembroff will call all the action in his 16th year behind the microphone.

VIDEO STREAM
This weekend's games will be streamed on NCHC.tv. You must purchase a subscription to view online.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Union – The Dutchmen fell 4-1 to No. 2 Boston University in its season opener last weekend in Boston. Union is ranked No. 16 in the preseason USCHO.com poll. The Dutchmen were 25-10-3 last season and fell to Penn State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Minnesota Duluth – The Bulldogs are ranked No. 6 in the USCHO.com preseason poll and No. 12 in this week's USA Hockey/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. UMD was 28-7-7 last year and fell in the NCAA Championship Game to Denver. The Bulldogs fell 4-3 to the University of Alberta in their exhibition game last weekend at AMSOIL Arena.
Minnesota – The Gophers are ranked third in the USCHO.com preseason poll and also in this week's USA Hockey/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. They defeated Alberta 6-2 in their exhibition game at Mariucci Arena on Sunday. UM finished 23-12-3 last year, falling to Notre Dame in NCAA Tournament.

SERIES INFO
Union – First ever meeting
Minnesota Duluth – Tech leads the all-time series against UMD 120-88-20, dating back to 1952. The Huskies are 59-53-8 vs. the Bulldogs in games played in Duluth. Tech last won in Duluth on January 28, 2012.
Minnesota – The Huskies and Gophers have met 267 times in one of the nation's most frequent college hockey rivalries. Minnesota leads Tech 175-77-15, dating back to 1922. UM leads 6-1-1 in neutral site games.

LAST MEETING
Union – First ever meeting
Minnesota Duluth – Michigan Tech suffered a pair of losses at No. 6 UMD to begin the 2016-17 season. The Huskies were outscored 10-3. Joel L'Esperance had a goal in the second game and Devin Kero had 27 saves in his first career start.
Minnesota – Tech last played the Gophers in October 2012. The teams split at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena with the Huskies defeating the No. 1-ranked Gophers 5-3 on Friday and falling 3-2 the next night.

SEASON OPENER
• Michigan Tech fell 3-2 in its season-opening game at No. 12 Wisconsin on October 1. Joel L'Esperance and Jake Lucchini scored the two goals—both on the power play in the second period.
Joel L'Esperance scored from Mark Auk and goaltender Patrick Munson for his 35th career goal. Jake Lucchini scored his 19th career goal from Gavin Gould and Mark Auk.
• Sophomore Patrick Munson finished with 24 saves in his first game in a Tech uniform.
• Sophomore Keegan Ford and freshmen Seamus DonohueMitch Meek, and Marcus Russell also made their debut for Tech. Ford played 12 games for Wisconsin in 2014 and started on the blue line for the Huskies Sunday.

NEW BLACK UNIFORMS
Tech has new road uniforms. The jersey design was based off a jersey from the 1932-33 season.

PRESEASON ALL-WCHA PICKS
Seniors Mark Auk (Coaches, Media Second Team) and Joel L'Esperance (Media Second Team) and sophomore Mitch Reinke (Media Second Team, Coaches received votes) were recognized on the Preseason All-WCHA Teams. Sophomore Gavin Gould received votes in the media's picks.

TECH PICKED THIRD IN WCHA POLLS
Tech was selected third in both WCHA preseason polls. The Huskies were third behind first place Minnesota State and Bemidji State in the Mankato Free Press Preseason Coaches' Poll and the UAHHockey.com Preseason Media Poll.

NHL DRAFT PICKS
• Junior defenseman Dane Birks was drafted in the sixth round (164th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013 NHL Draft.
• Junior Jake Jackson was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (201st overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

BALTUS NAMED CAPTAIN
• Senior forward Brent Baltus was named the captain of the 2017-18 Huskies.
• Seniors Joel L'Esperance and Dylan Steman, junior Jake Lucchini, and sophomore Mitch Reinke will serve as alternate captains.

TRANSFERRED IN
• Defenseman Keegan Ford played 12 games for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2014-15, recording two assists.
• Goaltender Patrick Munson played 21 games for the Vermont Catamounts in 2015-16 and was Denver's roster last season. Munson had a 9-10-1 record for Vermont with a 2.37 goals against average, and a .920 save percentage.

NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMP ATTENDEES
Mark Auk – Edmonton (2017, 2016), Chicago (2016)
Dane Birks – Pittsburgh (2017, 2016, 2015)
Jake Jackson – San Jose (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
Joel L'Esperance – Anaheim (2016)
Jake Lucchini – Edmonton (2017, 2016)
Mitch Reinke – Calgary (2017), Nashville (2016)
Alex Smith – Calgary (2017)

NEWCOMERS
There are eight freshmen on the roster. The class consists of forwards Justin Misiak, Greyson Reitmeier, and Marcus Russell, defensemen Seamus Donohue, Mitch Meek, Tyler Rockwell, and Cooper Watson, and goaltender Robbie Beydoun.

FORMER HUSKIES AT NHL CAMP
Nine former Huskies participated in NHL Preseason Training Camp. Pheonix Copley (Washington), Shane Hanna (Dallas), Tanner Kero (Chicago), Jujhar Khaira (Edmonton), Jamie Phillips (Winnipeg), Blake Pietila (New Jersey), Angus Redmond (Anaheim), Matt Roy (Los Angeles), Cliff Watson (Calgary) were all invited to camp.

NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULE
• Tech plays nine nonconference games this season.
• The GLI dates haven't been announced yet but the field is Bowling Green, Michigan, and Michigan State. The Huskies open against MSU.
• Tech also plays in the Ice Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas. The Huskies open up against Boston College with Northern Michigan and Arizona State meeting in the second semifinal.
• The nonconference schedule wraps up versus ASU at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in February.

HUSKIES RANKED
• Tech received votes in both the USHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason polls.
• Tech was in the top 20 in the final USCHO.com poll for the third year in a row last year. The Huskies finished ranked No. 19 in the nation. Tech was ranked No. 9 at the end of the 2014-15 season and No. 16 after the 2015-16 season.

JOE SHAWHAN HOUR
The Joe Shawhan Hour can be heard every Monday morning at 9 a.m. on Mix 93.5 WKMJ. Host Dirk Hembroff and Coach Shawhan talk about the previous weekend and the upcoming matchup. You can also listen live online at Pasty.com or visit MichiganTechHuskies.com for the full audio recording.

2016-17 RECAP
• Tech finished with a 23-15-7 overall record in 2016-17. It was the third year in a row that the Huskies won 20 games—something that hasn't been done since 1983.
• Tech made its 12th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the second in the last three years at season's end. Top-seeded, and eventual national champion, Denver ended the Huskies' season in the Midwest Regional Semifinal. The Huskies won the National Championship three times (1962, 1965, and 1975) in their history.
• Tech finished second in the WCHA standings with a 15-7-6 league mark. The Huskies advanced in the WCHA Playoffs with a sweep of Lake Superior State and a three-game series win over Minnesota State. The Huskies then hosted the WCHA Championship Game and won 3-2 in double overtime over Bowling Green to take home the Broadmoor Trophy. The title was the third (1962, 1965, and 2017) outright WCHA Tournament Championship won by Tech. They also earned WCHA co-playoff titles in 1960, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1981.
• Tech's 45 games played in 2016-17 were tops in the nation … The Huskies led the nation in shots on goal against, allowing 23.6 shots per game … Tech finished seventh in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 2.22 goals per game … The penalty kill was also seventh at 86.1 percent … Tech was 12-4-4 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in 2016-17.

SHOOTOUTS LAST YEAR
• With the new WCHA shootout format implemented in 2016-17, Tech went 2-for-4 in league shootouts. The Huskies won on January 14 against Alaska Anchorage and at Alabama Huntsville on January 28 in the ninth round. Jake LucchiniMark Auk, and Chris Gerrie scored in the shootout. Tech lost 2-1 in a shootout at Michigan and also fell 1-0 to UAA and Minnesota State.

COACH SHAWHAN
• Head coach Joe Shawhan was hired on May 30, 2017 after serving as an assistant coach for the Huskies over the past three seasons and is one of nine new head coaches across Division I college hockey.
• Shawhan was brought on staff in July 2014 to work with the goaltenders and defensemen. Tech went 75-34-14 during his three seasons, going to the NCAA Tournament twice, winning the MacNaughton Cup in 2015-16, and the Broadmoor Trophy in 2016-17. The Huskies were ranked in the top two in the WCHA, and top 10 in the nation, in goals against average all three years. 
• Shawhan spent six seasons at Northern Michigan. He was a volunteer assistant in 2007-08, the director of hockey operations in 2009-10, and an assistant coach for four seasons.
• Shawhan was also an assistant coach at his alma mater Lake Superior State from 2005-08.
• As the head coach and general manager of the Soo Indians from 1995-2005, Shawhan compiled a 474-162-43 record to become the winningest coach in the history of the North American Hockey League. He had two 50-win seasons, six 40-win stints, and two seasons with over 30 victories. 

ASSISTANT CHRIS BROOKS
• Chris Brooks joined the Huskies from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point where he was the head coach of the Pointers for six seasons (2011-17), leading the team to three straight NCAA Division III Frozen Fours and winning the National Title in 2016. He was named the USCHO.com Division III Coach of the Year in 2016
• Brooks spent three seasons (2008-11) as the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley (Texas) Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League.
• Brooks coached for nine seasons (1999-2008) at Western Michigan University where he was an assistant for six seasons and the associate head coach for the final three campaigns.
• Brooks lettered four seasons at Western Michigan (1992-96) and finished as the eighth-leading scorer in school history, compiling 57 goals and 127 assists for 184 points.

ASSISTANT DALLAS STEWARD
• Dallas Steward was an Associate Head Coach with the Chicago Steel of the USHL for two seasons from 2015-17.
• Steward started his coaching career with the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) as an assistant coach and scouting director from 2011-15.
• Steward played 138 games over four years at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 2000-04. He scored 27 goals and added 32 assists as a forward, was an assistant captain as a senior, and a three-time WCHA All-Academic selection.
• Steward went on to play six years of professional hockey in both the CHL and ECHL from 2004-10.

FAMILY AFFAIR
Gavin Gould – Older brother Malcolm was AN All-WCHA forward for the Huskies, playing from 2012-16.
Devin Kero – Older brother, Tanner, was an All-American Michigan Tech hockey player  from 2011-15.
Joel L'Esperance – Older brother, Alan, lettered in hockey at Michigan Tech in 2010-11.
Tyler Rockwell – Father John played goaltender for the Huskies from 1975-79.
Cooper Watson – Older brother Cliff was a two-time team captain in his four-year career from 2013-17.