|MICHIGAN TECH vs. FERRIS STATE|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, December 8-9, 2017|
|Time||7:07 / 7:07 p.m. (Eastern)|
|Location||MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, Michigan|
|Radio||Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ | Dirk Hembroff|
|Game Notes||Michigan Tech | Ferris State|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||7-6-4 | 5-5-4-1 WCHA|
|FSU's Record||8-9-1 | 5-4-1-0 WCHA|
THIS WEEK'S NOTES
THIS WEEK'S SERIES
• Michigan Tech hosts Ferris State at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday after having last weekend off. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights.
• Tech is 7-6-4 overall, 5-5-4-1 in the WCHA, and is undefeated in its last four games and six of the last seven.
• Ferris State is 8-9-1 overall and 5-4-1 in the WCHA. The Bulldogs have won three of their last four games.
• It will be the first of two meetings between the Huskies and Bulldogs as Tech makes the trek downstate on January 26-27.
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 smartphone.
• Dirk Hembroff will call all the action in his 16th year behind the microphone.
WATCH ON WCHA.TV
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SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
• Ferris State is 8-9-1 overall and 5-4-1-0 in the WCHA. The Bulldogs swept Alaska Anchorage at home last weekend. They started the season with only two wins in their first nine games but have since gone 6-3.
• FSU was picked fifth in both WCHA Preseason Polls.
• Head Coach Bob Daniels is in his 26th season on the bench and holds a 438-452-101 all-time record.
• Senior forward Mitch Maloney (12-3=15) and Corey Mackin (4-11=15) lead the team in scoring. Maloney's 12 goals are tied for second in the nation.
• Sophomore forward Craig Pefley and sophomore goaltender Justin Kapelmaster were named WCHA Players of the Week on Monday. Pefley had four points against the Seawolves and Kapelmaster stopped 49-of-51 shots with a shutout versus UAA.
Tech is 15-12-1 all-time against Ferris State. The Huskies are 8-4-1 in games played in Houghton against the Bulldogs.
The two teams split last year's meeting in the annual Winter Carnival series. Ferris State won 3-2 Friday with the Huskies winning 5-2 the next night to secure the MacInnes Cup in the total goal series. Reid Sturos scored twice Saturday and was named Winter Carnival MVP.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
• Jake Jackson – 2 goals, 3 assists
• Alex Smith – 2 goals, 3 assists
• Mitch Reinke – 1 goal, 2 assists
• Brent Baltus – 2 goals, 2 assists
• Jake Lucchini – 1 goal, 2 assists
• Gavin Gould – 3 assists
• Seamus Donohue – 1 goal, 1 assist
• Tech is unbeaten when not allowing a power play goal (3-0-3), when leading after one period (4-0-1), when taking 30-39 shots on goal (5-0-1), and when scoring four or more goals (7-0-0).
• The penalty killing unit has gone 18-for-18 over the last four games and has killed off 23 in a row, dating back to the second period at Northern Michigan (Nov. 11).
• Gavin Gould (6G-6A), Jake Lucchini (3G-6A), and Mitch Reinke (2G-10A) currently lead Tech in scoring with 12 points each.
• Patrick Munson has been between the pipes for all seven wins and owns a 2.72 goals against average and .907 save percentage. He was the WCHA Goaltender of the Week last week.
IN THE 3-ON-3 AND SHOOTOUT
Tech has four ties this season—all in WCHA play. The Huskies have secured the extra league point once with a shootout win at Lake Superior State. Since the new WCHA overtime rules changed at the beginning of last year, Tech is 4-6 after the first 5:00 overtime ends.
LAST TIME OUT
• Tech earned its first WCHA sweep of the season at Alaska. The Huskies won 5-4 in overtime Friday and 5-1 Saturday at the Carlson Center. Tech last had a WCHA road sweep on December 9-10, 2016 at Bowling Green.
• Five Huskies had multiple point games at Alaska, including Alex Smith and Brent Baltus picking up two points each night.
• Freshman defenseman Seamus Donohue had two points, including his first career goal, at Alaska.
• Junior forward Jake Lucchini scored the game-winning overtime goal Friday with 58 seconds left in overtime. Two of his three goals this season have been game-winners.
• Junior forward Jake Jackson had two goals Saturday. It's the second time this season, and fourth time in his career, that he has buried twice. He had two goals and an assist at Minnesota State on October 28 earlier this year.
• Tech has won 12th straight games over Alaska, dating back to February 2014. The two teams will also meet on January 19-20 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• This is the second year in a row, and third time since the WCHA shuffled, that the Huskies played both Alaska schools on the same road trip. Tech went 2-0-2 this year, 3-0-1 last year, and 2-1-1 in 2013-14.
• Tech hosts Lake Superior State (Dec. 15-16) next weekend to wrap-up games in 2017.
• The 53rd GLI is January 1-2 at Little Caesars Arena and the Ice Vegas Invitational Tournament is January 5-6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Tech opens the GLI versus Michigan State and the Ice Vegas Tournament versus Boston College.
KHAIRA OILER UPDATE
Former Husky Jujhar Khaira has seven points in 14 games for the Edmonton Oilers this season. He has four points in the last four games with two goals and two assists. Khaira has appeared in 39 NHL games and has 10 career points. He played 37 games for Tech during the 2012-13 season, tallying 25 points on six goals and 19 assists.
TV STAR JOHN SCOTT
Former Tech hockey player John Scott made his acting debut on November 30 on the TV show S.W.A.T. The "Imposters" episode featuring Scott aired on CBS. Scott plays the role of a vilified professional hockey player on the episode. Scott played 126 games in a Tech sweater from 2002-06. He went on to play for the NHL's Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, and Montreal Canadiens. Scott was named the MVP of the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.
GLI CONTRACT EXTENSION
• Olympia Entertainment and Michigan Tech have announced a four-year contract extension to keep the annual GLI in Detroit and move venues from Joe Louis Arena to the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena.
• The 53rd GLI will be January 1-2 with Tech and Michigan State playing the first semifinal followed by Michigan and Bowling Green.
• Future invitees are Lake Superior State (2018-19), Ferris State (2019-20), and Northern Michigan (2020-21).
• 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 (2007-14) and 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 NAHL.
• Coach Shawhan earned four letters as a goaltender at LSSU (1982-87). 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.
WCHA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Senior defenseman Mark Auk was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Month after he led all WCHA defensemen with nine points and a plus-4 rating in October. He scored two goals and added seven assists to rank third amongst blueliners in the country in scoring.
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.
ICE BREAKER CHAMPS!
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.
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.
WCHA GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK – NOV. 27
Junior Patrick Munson was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week after having a .936 save percentage in the series at Alaska, making a WCHA-best 73 saves in the two games. He had 39 saves Friday and stopped 34-of-35 shots Saturday.
WCHA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF WEEK – OCT. 9
Senior defenseman Mark Auk was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after being named the MVP of the Ice Breaker Tournament on October 9. Auk scored two goals and added two assists at the tournament.
WCHA ROOKIE OF WEEK – OCT. 9
Freshman Justin Misiak received WCHA Rookie of the Week honors on October 9 after scoring his first collegiate goal for the game-winner against UMD in the Ice Breaker Championship Game. Misiak played in his first two NCAA games that weekend.
ICE BREAKER ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Seniors Mark Auk and Joel L'Esperance were named to the Ice Breaker All-Tournament Team. Auk was the Tournament MVP. Auk tallied two goals and two assists L'Esperance scored two goals.
• 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.
• 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.
SUPERIOR PLAYER OF THE GAME
• Wisconsin – Mark Auk // Assisted on both of goals.
• Union – Joel L'Esperance // Scored twice.
• Minnesota Duluth – Justin Misiak // Scored the game-winner for his first collegiate goal.
• Lake Superior State – Gavin Gould // Scored twice.
• Lake Superior State – Mitch Reinke // Assisted on two goals.
• Alabama Huntsville – Jake Lucchini // Had three points and game-winning goal.
• Alabama Huntsville – Gavin Gould // Scored Tech's second goal.
• Minnesota State – Justin Misiak // Scored Tech's lone goal.
• Minnesota State – Jake Jackson // Scored two goals and added an assist.
• Bowling Green – Devin Kero // Had 26 saves in his first start of the season.
• Bowling Green – Gavin Gould // Scored the game-tying goal in the third period.
• Northern Michigan – Brent Baltus // Scored a pair of goals.
• Northern Michigan – Brent Baltus // Just because.
• Alaska Anchorage – Thomas Beretta // Scored the lone goal.
• Alaska Anchorage – Dane Birks // Had a goal and an assist.
• Alaska – Jake Lucchini // Scored the game-winning goal in OT.
• Alaska – Patrick Munson // Stopped 34-of-35 shots