|MICHIGAN TECH vs. BEMIDJI STATE|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, February 9-10, 2018|
|Time||7:07 / 5:07 p.m. (Eastern)|
|Location||MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, Mich.|
|Radio||Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ | Dirk Hembroff|
|Game Notes||Michigan Tech | Bemidji State|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||14-12-5 | 10-9-5-2 WCHA|
|BSU's Record||14-10-6 | 11-7-4-2 WCHA|
THIS WEEK'S NOTES
THIS WEEKEND'S SERIES
• Michigan Tech hosts Bemidji State this weekend for the annual Winter Carnival series.
• The two teams will battle for the MacInnes Cup given to the team with the most goals on the weekend.
• It is the only meeting between the two teams.
• The puck drops Friday at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday at 5:07 p.m. at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• Tech is 14-12-5 overall and 10-9-5-2 in the WCHA
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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WINTER CARNIVAL SERIES INFO
Tech is 76-46-14 (.610) in Winter Carnival games since 1950. The Huskies have won the MacInnes Cup five straight years and have won eight of the last nine games.
WCHA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF WEEK
Jake Lucchini was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after putting up five points last weekend. He had a goal Friday and two goals and two assists Saturday. It was Lucchini's first multi-goal game of his career.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
• Bemidji State is 14-10-6 overall and 11-7-4-2 in the WCHA. The Beavers are two points ahead of the Huskies in the WCHA standings.
• The Beavers were picked second in both WCHA Preseason Polls behind Minnesota State.
• Tom Serratore is in his 17th season as head coach. His overall record is 280-266-76.
• Senior forwards Kyle Bauman (9-18=27) and Gerry Fitzgerald (6-17=23) lead the team in scoring.
Tech is 11-8-5 all-time against Bemidji State in a series that dates back to the 2006-07 season. The Huskies are 6-2-4 in games played in Houghton.
The Huskies went 1-3 versus the Beavers last season. The two teams split their December series at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena and Bemidji State won both games in early February at the Sanford Center.
Five Huskies have hit the 20-point mark for the season. Jake Lucchini leads the squad with 24 points on 10 goals and 14 assists. Gavin Gould (21) also has 10 goals while Mitch Reinke (20) leads the team with 18 assists. Alex Smith (21) and Jake Jackson (20) also have 20 points.
LAST TIME OUT
• Tech wrapped up its four-game road trip with a WCHA series split at No. 14 Bowling Green. The Huskies fell 7-2 Friday and shutout the Falcons 4-0 Saturday. It was the final road series of the regular season for the Huskies.
• Robbie Beydoun had 26 saves Saturday for his second career shutout. His first shutout was on December 15 with a 3-0 victory over Lake Superior State at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Beydoun made his eighth career start Saturday and improved to 4-2-1.
• Alex Smith had a goal and an assist Friday. It was the second game in a row that he scored.
• Gavin Gould had a goal and an assist Saturday. He scored the game-winner 12:49 into the first period.
• Joel L'Esperance had a pair of assists Saturday, while Mark Auk scored on the power play.
• Tyler Rockwell played his first two collegiate games last weekend. He assisted on Lucchini's second-period goal for his first point.
IN THE 3-ON-3 AND SHOOTOUT
Tech has five ties this season—all in WCHA play. The Huskies have secured the extra league point twice with a shootout win at Lake Superior State and at home versus the Lakers. Since the new WCHA overtime rules changed at the beginning of last year, Tech is 5-6 after the first 5:00 overtime ends.
Five of Tech's final six regular season games are at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies will welcome Arizona State to Houghton for the first time ever next following weekend in nonconference play and will round out the regular season with a home and away WCHA series with Northern Michigan.
• 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.
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 is the captain of the 2017-18 Huskies.
• Seniors Joel L'Esperance and Dylan Steman, junior Jake Lucchini, and sophomore Mitch Reinke are 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.
• Seniors Mark Auk and Joel L'Esperance were named to the Ice Breaker All-Tournament Team. Auk was the Tournament MVP after he tallied two goals and two assists. L'Esperance scored two goals.
NEW YEAR TOURNAMENTS
• The Huskies opened up the New Year with runner-up finishes at a pair of tournaments. Tech defeated Michigan State to open the 53rd GLI before falling to Bowling Green in the title game. At the Ice Vegas Invitational, the Huskies defeated No. 13 Boston College in the semifinal before falling to Arizona State in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
• Senior forward Dylan Steman and sophomore defenseman Mitch Reinke were named to the Ice Vegas All-Tournament Team. Steman had four points on the weekend with a goal and an assist each night, while Reinke had a pair of assists in the semifinal win over No. 13 Boston College. Reinke was also named to the GLI All-Tournament Team.
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.
• 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)
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.
• Ferris State – Jake Jackson // Had a goal and an assist.
• Ferris State – Robbie Beydoun // Stopped 31-of-32 shots for first win.
• Lake Superior State – Robbie Beydoun // Shutout with 25 saves.
• Lake Superior State – Dylan Steman // Had a goal and an assist.
• Michigan State – Mitch Reinke // Had an assist and was +4.
• Bowling Green – Jake Lucchini // Scored a goal.
• Boston College – Devin Kero // Had 27 saves for first win.
• Arizona State – Dylan Steman // Had a goal and an assist.
• Alaska – Mitch Meek // Had 2 goals and an assist
• Alaska – Joel L'Esperance // Scored game-winner.
• Ferris State – Greyson Reitmeier // Had a goal and an assist.
• Ferris State – Alex Smith // Scored a goal.
• Bowling Green – Alex Smith // Had a goal and an assist.
• Bowling Green – Jake Lucchini // Had 2 goals and 2 assists.
WCHA GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH
Freshman Robbie Beydoun was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Month for December. He played in all four games during the month, making three starts and led WCHA goaltenders with a .944 save percentage. He helped the Huskies to a 2-1-1-1 WCHA record, ranking second in the league with a 1.44 goals-against average.
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.
WCHA ROOKIE OF WEEK – DEC. 18
Goaltender Robbie Beydoun was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week after he had his first career shutout with 25 saves in a 3-0 win over Lake Superior State and then made 22 saves the next night in a 3-3 tie and stopped all three Laker shootout attempts to clinch the extra league point. Beydoun appeared in four straight games—making the last three starts—and had a .944 save percentage over the span.
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.
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.
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.