Nov. 29/30, 2013 • 11:07 p.m. (ET) • Carlson Center (4,595)
Michigan Tech (4-8-2, 2-3-1 WCHA) at Alaska (5-5-2, 2-4-0 WCHA)
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KERO HAS THE HOT HAND
Tanner Kero scored a power-play goal in each of Tech's games at Alaska Anchorage last weekend to improve his season point total to 4-5=9. The junior forward has registered three of his four goals on the man advantage this season. He sits just one point shy of 50 for his career with 24-25=49 in 86 career games. Eight of his nine points this year have come on a current six-game point streak.
PETAN ON A SIX-GAME POINT STREAK
Alex Petan extended his point streak to six games with an assist of both of Tanner Kero's goals last weekend. The sophomore has 4-3=7 over the last six games and a team-leading 6-4=10 on the season. The sophomore right wing owns 21-23=44 in just 51 career games.
THE SERIES: TECH VS. ALASKA
Michigan Tech will square off against Alaska for just the fourth time in history when the teams meet Friday (Nov. 29) to start a weekend series. The Huskies are 2-1-0 against the Nanooks with a home sweep Nov. 9-10, 1990, and a road loss on Nov. 27, 1993.
FURNE SCORES SECOND IN THREE GAMES
Ryan Furne has scored two goals in the last three games after having just one in the team's first 11 tilts this season. The senior one-timed a shot on a 2-on-1 rush to give Tech its first road lead of the season on Saturday (Nov. 23). Furne now owns 3-1=4 this season and 33-36=69 in 125 career games.
Michigan Tech hockey, which played last Friday and Saturday (Nov. 22-23) in Anchorage, will remain in Alaska through the week as it prepares for a series vs. Alaska Fairbanks. The Huskies, who left Nov. 19, will spend Thanksgiving in Fairbanks and return to Houghton Dec. 1.
NEVILLE CONTINUES STEADY PRODUCTION
Rookie Mike Neville added to his season point total with an assist on Saturday (Nov. 23). The center had the primary helper on Ryan Furne's goal in the first period. Neville's point total now stands at 6-1=7—good for a tie for third on the team. His seven points ranks tied for fourth among WCHA freshmen.
REMAINING FIRST HALF SCHEDULE
This weekend's series marks Tech's third straight against a WCHA opponent. In all, the Huskies will have 10 straight league games in a five-week span before taking a break for the Great Lakes Invitational Dec. 27-28 at Comerica Park in Detroit.
LET'S GET THE LEAD
Michigan Tech possessed its first lead in a road game last Saturday (Nov. 23). The Huskies are 4-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game and 0-7-1 when the opponent scores first.
GOULDY CHIPS IN AGAIN
Sophomore Malcolm Gould posted his second point of the season with an assist last Saturday (Nov. 23). His first point was a goal in the Nov. 15 contest vs. Lake Superior State. Gould has 4-7=11 in 34 career games.
HUSKIES 65 PERCENT IN OVERTIME UNDER PEARSON
Michigan Tech played its fourth overtime game of the season last Saturday (Nov. 23) at Alaska Anchorage. The Huskies are 1-1-2 this season in extra session games and 10-2-17 since 2009. Tech maintains an 8-2-10 overtime record under coach Mel Pearson (1-1-2 in 2013-14, 3-0-4 in 2012-13, 4-1-4 in 2011-12).
COPLEY STILL TOP 20 NATIONALLY IN SAVES PERCENTAGE
Pheonix Copley started last Saturday's 2-2 overtime tie at Alaska Anchorage. The sophomore stopped 16-of-18 shots to run his record this season to 3-6-1. With a save percentage of .926, he ranks 20th nationally. Copley is fourth among WCHA goaltenders in both save percentage and goals against average (2.07).
MATCHUP OF OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE
Michigan Tech ranks second in the WCHA in scoring defense, allowing just 2.43 goals per game. The Huskies' opponent this weekend, Alaska, ranks second in the league in scoring offense. The Nanooks are scoring 3.08 goals per game.
Michigan Tech have co-captains in senior defenseman Brad Stebner and junior forward Blake Pietila. Stebner served as an assistant captain a year ago. This year's assistant captains are senior forward Dennis Rix and junior forward Tanner Kero.