|No. 13 MICHIGAN TECH at LAKE SUPERIOR STATE|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, October 13-14, 2017|
|Time||7:37 / 7:07 p.m. (Eastern)|
|Location||Taffy Abel Arena | Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan|
|Radio||Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ | Dirk Hembroff|
|Game Notes||Michigan Tech | Lake Superior State|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||2-1-0 | 0-0-0 WCHA|
|LSSU's Record||1-1-0 | 0-0-0 WCHA|
THIS WEEK'S NOTES
THIS WEEK'S GAME
• Michigan Tech travels to Lake Superior State this weekend to begin WCHA play.
• Puck drop is set for 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.
• Tech is 2-1 overall and LSSU is 1-1 after a split in its home and home series with Northern Michigan last weekend.
ON THE RADIO
• Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ broadcasts all Michigan Tech hockey games. You can 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. Dave Ellis will join the broadcast Friday.
WATCH ON WCHA.TV
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HUSKIES RANKED THIS WEEK
• Tech jumped into the national rankings this week to No. 13 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and No. 15 in the USCHO.com Poll.
• Tech received votes in both the USCHO.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.
WCHA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF WEEK
Senior defenseman Mark Auk was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after being named the MVP of the Ice Breaker Tournament. Auk is tied for the nation's lead with six points through the first three games and is second on the team with 59 career points on 14 goals and 45 assists.
WCHA ROOKIE OF WEEK
Freshman Justin Misiak received WCHA Rookie of the Week honors after scoring his first collegiate goal for the game winner against UMD. Misiak played in his first two NCAA games on the weekend.
Senior forward Joel L'Esperance joined Auk on the All-Tournament Team after scoring a pair of goals Friday. He has three goals through the first three games and leads the team with 37 career goals.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
• The Lakers split their home and home series with Northern Michigan over the weekend. LSSU won 5-3 on its home ice Friday and fell 4-1 in Marquette Saturday.
• LSSU defeated Laurentian 3-2 in an exhibition game on October 1.
• Damon Whitten is the 10th head coach in program history and is in his fourth season. His overall record is 34-69-14.
• LSSU was picked sixth in both WCHA preseason polls. The Lakers finished seventh in the league standings last year with an 11-18-7 overall record and an 8-13-7-4 mark in the WCHA.
• Tech and LSSU will meet for the 71st and 72nd time this weekend in a rivalry that dates back to the 1969-70 season. Tech is 44-21-5 all-time against the Lakers, including a 14-10-4 record in the Soo.
• The Huskies have won seven straight over the Lakers and are unbeaten in the last 11 meetings.
• Tech swept LSSU out of the WCHA playoffs last year as the two teams met in the first round. The Huskies outscored the Lakers 14-4.
• The Huskies also defeated the Lakers in the regular season meeting at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tech outscored LSSU 10-3 in the sweep.
• Joel L'Esperance racked up four goals and four assists in the four games versus LSSU last year.
ICE BREAKER RECAP
• Michigan Tech won the 2017 Ice Breaker Tournament with a pair of wins over top 20-ranked teams. The Huskies defeated No. 16 Union 6-3 Friday and No. 6 Minnesota Duluth 4-3 Saturday in the Championship Game.
• Patrick Munson had 35 saves Friday and 33 Saturday. Munson has a 3.03 goals against average through the first three games and a .911 save percentage.
• The Huskies' 12 goals this season have been scored by nine different players.
• Freshman Mitch Meek and sophomore Raymond Brice scored their first NCAA goals last weekend. Meek scored Friday and Brice Saturday.
• Sophomore defenseman Keegan Ford picked up his first point as a Husky with an assist on Misiak's game winner.
BEST JERSEYS IN COUNTRY
HockeyByDesign.com recently ranked Michigan Tech's jerseys as the top uniforms in all of college hockey. Tech has four uniforms: white, black, gold, and cream. The new blacks are 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.
• 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)
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.
• Tech plays nine nonconference games this season and is 2-1 so far this season.
• The Huskies open the 53rd GLI on January 1 versus Michigan State. Bowling Green and Michigan meet in the second semifinal.
• 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.
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.
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 Lucchini, Mark 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.
• 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.
• Coach Shawhan earned four letters as a goaltender for LSSU from 1982-87, where he amassed 1,130 saves. He led the CCHA in both goals against average and save percentage during the 1985-86 season and left the program tied for first all-time in career GAA at 3.83. He was also an assistant for the Lakers from 2005-08.
• 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.
• Tech opens the home portion of the 2017-18 schedule next weekend (Oct. 20-21), hosting Alabama Huntsville at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. It will be the second year in a row the Chargers come in for the home opener.
• The Huskies wrap up the month the following weekend (Oct. 27-28) at Minnesota State.
SUPERIOR PLAYER OF THE GAME
• Wisconsin – Mark Auk // Assisted on both of Tech's goals.
• Union – Joel L'Esperance // Scored two goals.
• Minnesota Duluth – Justin Misiak // Scored the game winner for his first collegiate goal.