|MICHIGAN TECH at FERRIS STATE|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, November 9-10, 2018|
|Time||7:07 / 7:07 p.m. (Eastern)|
|Location||Ewigleben Ice Arena | Big Rapids, Mich.|
|Radio||Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ | Dirk Hembroff|
|Online Audio||Mix 93 WKMJ | Pasty.net|
|Video Stream||Friday | Saturday|
|Game Notes||Michigan Tech | Ferris State|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||3-3-0 | 2-0-0 WCHA|
|FSU's Record||4-4-0 | 2-0-0 WCHA|
THIS WEEK'S NOTES
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
• Michigan Tech continues its eight-game road trip this weekend at Ferris State. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. each night at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
• The Huskies have won two of their last three games and are 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the WCHA. Tech is 3-1 midway through the eight-game road trip.
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.
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WCHA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Senior defenseman Keegan Ford is the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. He had three points last weekend in the sweep at Alabama Huntsville. He assisted on the game-winning tally each night while scoring his first goal of the season Saturday.
• Ford has points five points in the last four games and leads the Huskies with four assists, 10 blocked shots, and a plus-4 rating.
Tech is 16-15-1 all-time against Ferris State. The Huskies are 6-9-0 in games played in Big Rapids against the Bulldogs.
• The two teams played four times last year, splitting their series in Houghton on December 8-9 and the Bulldogs winning a pair of games on January 26-27 in Big Rapids.
• Jake Jackson, Justin Misiak, and Brent Baltus scored in a 4-3 loss on December 8. Tech scored five straight the next night after falling behind 1-0. Alex Gillies, Jake Lucchini, Alex Smith, Dylan Steman and Jake Jackson all found the back of the net and Robbie Beydoun made 31 saves.
• Tech fell 4-3 in the first game of the second series on January 26 downstate. Greyson Reitmeier, Gavin Gould, and Thomas Beretta potted goals. Alex Smith was the lone Husky to find the back of the net the next night in a 3-1 loss.
• Tech's power play is the best in the WCHA and seventh in the nation at 28.6 percent.
• Seamus Donohue has four assists in the last four games.
• Greyson Reitmeier has two goals and an assist in the last four games.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
• Ferris State is 4-4-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the WCHA. The Bulldogs split with Michigan State last weekend with each team winning on its home ice. FSU swept Alaska Anchorage at home on October 26-27 for its two WCHA wins.
• FSU was picked sixth in both WCHA Preseason Polls.
• Head Coach Bob Daniels is in his 27th season on the bench and holds a 444-464-101 all-time record.
• Hunter Wendt leads all Division I freshmen with five goals. Junior defenseman Nate Kallen leads the team with seven points. Freshman Roni Salmenkangas has a 4-1 record, a .927 save percentage and a 1.8 goal against average. He was the WCHA Rookie of the October.
• Ferris was 14-23-1 overall last season and sixth in the WCHA with an 11-16-1 record.
LAST TIME OUT
• Tech opened WCHA play at Alabama Huntsville last weekend, sweeping the Chargers with a 2-1 win Friday and a 4-1 victory Saturday.
• Matt Jurusik had a.952 save percentage, stopping 36-of-38 shots in two wins over the Chargers. He made 16 saves Friday and 22 Saturday, making his third and fourth straight starts. In four games this season, Jurusik has three wins, a 2.50 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
• Colin Swoyer had two points at UAH. He scored his first career goal Friday which ended up being the game winner. He added an assist on Tech's third goal Saturday to extend his point streak to four points. Swoyer's four points this season is third amongst WCHA rookie defenseman and sixth amongst all WCHA rookies.
The eight-game road trip wraps up next weekend (Nov. 16-17) at Clarkson. The Huskies finally return home on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23-24), hosting the Alaska Nanooks and then Bemidji State the following weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 1).
SUPERIOR PLAYER OF THE GAME
• Minnesota Duluth – Gavin Gould (scored only Tech goal)
• Minnesota Duluth – Andrew Bellant (scored first goal)
• Wisconsin – Alec Broetzman (scored twice)
• Wisconsin – Brian Halonen (had a goal and an assist)
• Alabama Huntsville – Colin Swoyer (scored first goal)
• Alabama Huntsville – Jake Lucchini (had 2 goals and an assist)
• 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.
• Tech finished with a 12-11-5 record in the WCHA last year to earn the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.
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.
The Huskies play eight nonconference games this season and are 1-3 so far. Tech travels to Clarkson on November 16-17 and wrap-up 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)
FORMER HUSKIES EMPLOYED BY NHL
• Chris Cichocki – Pro Scout, Edmonton Oilers
• Brian Hunter – Amateur Scout, Minnesota Wild
• Davis Payne – Associate Coach, Buffalo Sabres
• Jimmy Roy – Coordinator of Player Development, Winnipeg Jets
• Jarkko Ruutu – European Development Coach, Columbus Blue Jackets
• Scott White – Director of Hockey Operations and AHL GM, Dallas Stars
• Warren Young – Amateur Scout, Pittsburgh Penguins
• 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 will be hosting the 54th annual Great Lakes Invitational on December 30-31 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. There will be four Michigan-based schools for the 15th time in tournament history with Michigan Tech and Michigan meeting in the first semifinal and Michigan State and Lake Superior State in the second semifinal. LSSU is in the tournament for the fourth time with the most recent appearance in 1999. Ferris State (2019-20), and Northern Michigan (2020-21) will be making appearances in the GLI in upcoming seasons.
• 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.