|#19 MICHIGAN TECH vs. #3 MINNESOTA DULUTH|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, October 12-13, 2018|
|Time||7:37 / 7:07 p.m. (Eastern)|
|Location||MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, Mich.|
|Radio||Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ | Dirk Hembroff|
|Online Audio||Mix 93 WKMJ | Pasty.net|
|Video Stream||FloHockey.tv | Friday | Saturday|
|Game Notes||Michigan Tech | Minnesota Duluth|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||0-0-0 | 0-0-0 WCHA|
|UMD's Record||0-1-1 | 0-0-0 NCHC|
THIS WEEK'S NOTES
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
• No. 19 Michigan Tech hosts No. 3 Minnesota Duluth this weekend in nonconference play at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday.
• It's Hall of Fame Weekend at Michigan Tech as seven new members will be inducted Friday evening. The group will be introduced on the ice during the second period and hockey alums Steve Coates and Kip Noble will drop the puck on Saturday's game.
7TH MAN T-SHIRTS
ArcelorMittal has purchased 850 T-shirts for Michigan Tech students to wear at Friday's game against Minnesota Duluth. It is the fifth season in a row that ArcelorMittal has been a 7th man sponsor. ArcelorMittal employs over 60 Michigan Tech graduates and is the world's leading steel and mining company, with around 232,000 employees in more than 60 countries. They are the leader in all major global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances, and packaging. Underpinning all their operations is a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel.
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 17th year behind the microphone.
WATCH ON FLOHOCKEY.TV
FloHockey.tv brings more than 180 WCHA games annually to the FloSports platform, including all 140 league regular season games, any preseason, exhibition and non-conference games hosted by a league school, and the entirety of the annual WCHA postseason tournament. Fans who subscribe to FloHockey will also have access to additional college hockey coverage, which includes select Big Ten Conference hockey games through the company's distribution deal with the Big Ten Network.
• Tech is 121-88-20 all-time against Minnesota Duluth in a series that dates back to 1952. The Huskies are 61-35-11 in games played in Houghton.
• The Black and Gold defeated the Bulldogs 4-3 last season in the Championship Game of the Ice Breaker Tournament at AMSOIL Arena. The two teams last met at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in 2015 when they split at top 10 matchup.
THE HUSKIES IN THE POLLS
• Tech was ranked No. 18 in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll and is No. 19 this week.
• The Huskies also received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.
• The Huskies finished 2017-18 ranked No. 16 in the USCHO.com poll after a 22-17-5 overall record. It was the fourth season in a row that Tech was ranked in the top 20 in the final poll.
HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
Michigan Tech will induct a pair of hockey alumni into the Sports Hall of Fame on Friday:
• Steve Coates played 100 games for the Huskies from 1969-73, scoring 25 goals and adding 29 assists. He received the Norbert Matovich Memorial Award in 1970 as Tech's top outstanding freshman and then the Raymond L. Smith Award as the outstanding senior student-athlete. Coates played 467 games of professional hockey before going on to a career in the broadcast field with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is currently the radio color commentator for the Flyers.
• Kip Noble is the highest-scoring defenseman in Michigan Tech history with 123 points in 156 games. He played from 1986-90 and was a Second Team All-American and WCHA First Team selection as a senior. He was a three-time recipient of the Bobby Gitzen-Dick Loutit Award as the team's most outstanding defenseman. Noble was also a two-time All-WCHA Honorable Mention pick and played 11 years of professional hockey. He is currently the head coach of the Elite 15 team at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, British Columbia.
• Head coach Joe Shawhan is in his second season behind the bench. His 22 wins in his first season tied for the most ever by a Michigan Tech coach. Jim Nahrgang won 22 games in 1982-83.
• Shawhan was hired on May 30, 2017 after serving as an assistant coach for the Huskies over the previous three seasons.
• 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.
• Jake Lucchini was named to the media's All-WCHA Preseason Second Team. He also received votes from the coaches in their Preseason All-WCHA Team. Lucchini played in all 44 games for Tech in 2017-18 and led the Huskies in goals (16), assists (23), and total points (39), finishing seventh overall in the WCHA in points.
• Gavin Gould and Jake Jackson received votes in the media's preseason picks at the forward position, and Mitch Meek garnered votes as a defenseman.
IN THE PRESEASON WCHA POLLS
Tech was selected fourth in both the Mankato Free Press Coaches' Poll and the UAHHockey.com Media Poll. Minnesota State received the nod in both polls followed by Northern Michigan and Bowling Green.
NHL DRAFT PICK
Junior Jake Jackson was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (201st overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Tech plays eight nonconference games this season. Also this season, Huskies travel to Wisconsin on October 26-27 and Clarkson on November 16-17 before wrapping up nonconference play at the Great Lakes Invitational.
RETURNERS & NEWCOMERS
• The Huskies return 18 players from last season with 10 forwards, six defensemen, and two goaltenders.
• There are 11 newcomers with seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goaltender.
NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMP ATTENDEES
• Thomas Beretta – Toronto (2018)
• Jake Jackson – San Jose (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)
• Jake Lucchini – Pittsburgh (2018), Edmonton (2017, 2016)
• Alex Smith – Calgary (2017)
• Cooper Watson – Dallas (2018)
• 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.
• 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.
FORMER HUSKIES AT NHL CAMP
Ten former Huskies participated in NHL Preseason Training Camp. Dane Birks (Pittsburgh), Pheonix Copley (Washington), Shane Hanna (Dallas), Tanner Kero (Vancouver), Jujhar Khaira (Edmonton), Joel L'Esperance (Dallas), Blake Pietila (New Jersey), Angus Redmond (Anaheim), Mitch Reinke (St. Louis), Matt Roy (Los Angeles) were all invited to camp.
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.
• Tech takes next weekend off before embarking on an eight-game road trip, traveling to Madison on October 26-27 for the second season in a row and a nonconference matchup against the University of Wisconsin. The puck drops at 8:07 p.m. both nights at the Kohl Center.
• November opens at Alabama Huntsville (Nov. 2-3), at Ferris State (Nov. 9-10), and at Clarkson (Nov. 16-17). The Huskies finally return home on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23-24), hosting the Alaska Nanooks.
• The Michigan Tech will play Bemidji State outdoors on January 18 as part of the 13th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota presented by Wells Fargo. Friday's faceoff is set for 8 p.m. Eastern in the first of a two-game WCHA series. Saturday's game will be played inside the Sanford Center, beginning at 8:30 p.m.
• The Huskies last played outdoors when they hosted the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park in Detroit. Tech advanced to the 49th GLI Championship Game with a shootout win after a 2-2 tie with Michigan State and then fell 1-0 to Western Michigan in the title game.