|MICHIGAN TECH vs. NORTHERN MICHIGAN|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, December 7-8, 2018|
|Time||7:07 / 7:07 p.m. (Eastern)|
|Location||Berry Events Center | Marquette, Mich.|
|MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, Mich.|
|Radio||Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ | Dirk Hembroff|
|Online Audio||Mix 93 WKMJ | Pasty.net|
|Television||FOX-UP | Mark Evans & Dave Ellis|
|Video Stream||FloHockey.tv | Friday | Saturday|
|Game Notes||Michigan Tech | Northern Michigan | WCHA Notes|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||8-5-1 | 7-0-1-1 WCHA|
|NMU's Record||6-9-0 | 5-3-0-0 WCHA|
THIS WEEK'S NOTES
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
• No. 20 Michigan Tech plays its rival Northern Michigan this weekend (Dec. 7-8).
• The two teams will meet at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on Friday and the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Saturday.
• The puck will drop at 7:07 p.m. each night.
• The Huskies are 8-5-1 overall and 7-0-1-1 in the WCHA. Tech is one of three teams across the country unbeaten in conference play.
• The Black and Gold are currently tied for sixth in the country with an unbeaten streak of four games.
TECH RANKED 20TH
• Tech jumped back into the national rankings this week, coming in at No. 20 in the USCHO.com Poll.
• The Huskies were ranked No. 18 in the preseason and No. 19 on October 8.
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.
The games will be televised live on FOX-UP. Mark Evans and Dave Ellis will call all the action. TV6 and FOX-UP began broadcasting the Tech versus NMU rivalry during the 2013-14 season.
• 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.
TEDDY BEAR TOSS
The annual Student-Athlete Advisory Council's Teddy Bear Toss will take place on Saturday. The first 300 in the door will receive a teddy bear, courtesy of University Images, to toss on to the ice during the first intermission. All stuffed animals will be donated to the Marine Toys For Tots Program.
WCHA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF NOVEMBER
• Jake Lucchini led the league with 13 points and the Huskies to a 6-3-1 record. He had points in six of the nine games during the month. He scored six goals and added seven assists to rank seventh in the nation over the span.
• Lucchini scored the game-winner at Alabama Huntsville (Nov. 3) and at Ferris State (Nov. 10) to lead the league in that category. He added assists on the game-winning goal in both games when Tech swept Alaska on November 23-24. • Six of his 13 points came on the power play, ranking him second in the WCHA. He also led the WCHA with 41 shots on goal to rank second in the country.
• Tech is 63-72-14 all-time against NMU, dating back to 1979.
• Tech is 24-41-6 in games played in Marquette and 34-30-8 against the Wildcats at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• In five games last year against NMU, Tech went 3-2. Each team won its two games at home during the regular season before the Huskies won the WCHA Championship Game on March 17 at the Berry Events Center.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Northern Michigan is 6-9-0 overall and fourth in the WCHA with 15 points and a 5-3-0 record. The Wildcats fell in their only game of the week at Notre Dame but have won 3-of-4 WCHA games.
• NMU was picked third by the coaches and fourth by the media in the WCHA preseason polls after finishing second in the league last year with a 19-7-2-2 record.
• Grant Potulny is in his second season as head coach of the Wildcats. His record is 31-26-3.
• Senior forward Troy Loggins leads the team with 12 points. He is tied with junior forward Darien Craighead for the team lead with six goals. Atte Tolvanen is the only goaltender to play so far for NMU (6-9-0, .920 save percentage, 2.28 goals against average.)
LAST TIME OUT
• The Huskies took five out of six conference points against Bemidji State last weekend at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The two teams tied 3-3 Friday with the Jake Lucchini scoring for the Huskies in the 3-on-3 overtime to gain the extra point. Tech dominated 7-2 Saturday.
• Thomas Beretta, Alec Broetzman, Alex Smith, and Dylan Steman all scored two goals against the Beavers. Beretta and Broetzman had a goal each night, while Smith and Steman each tallied a pair of goals Saturday.
• Freshman defenseman Eric Gotz scored his first career goal Friday as part of a two-point night. He added an assist on Saturday.
• Freshman forward Tommy Parrottino scored Saturday for his fifth goal of the season. He is tied with junior forward Gavin Gould for second on the team in goals.
IN THE 3-ON-3
• Tech is 2-2 all-time in the 3-on-3 overtime. Reid Sturos and Jake Lucchini are the two Huskies that have scored in the 3-on-3. The two losses have been to Alaska Anchorage, once in 2016-17 and once in 2017-18.
• 22 of Tech's 47 goals this season have been scored in the second period
• Jake Lucchini leads the team with 16 points on six goals and 10 assists.
• Lucchini leads the WCHA in scoring in league games with five goals and seven assists.
• Tyler Rockwell leads the WCHA with a plus-10 rating in league games.
• Brian Halonen (4-6=10) and Seamus Donohue (0-10=10) also have double-digit points.
• Goaltender Matt Jurusik is 6-2-0 between the pipes, ranking him seventh in the nation with his .750 win percentage.
• Tech is one of three remaining teams that is undefeated in conference play, joining Massachusetts (Hockey East) and St. Cloud State (NCHC).
• Tech has scored seven goals in the last two Saturday games.
• Brian Halonen – 2 goals, 2 assists
• Dylan Steman – 2 goals, 3 assists
• Thomas Beretta – 2 goals, 1 assist
• Alec Broetzman – 2 goals, 1 assist
• Eric Gotz – 1 goal, 2 assists
• Greyson Reitmeier – 2 assists
• Tech then hosts Alabama Huntsville on December 14-15 for their second meeting of the season.
• The 2018 portion of the schedule wraps up at the Great Lakes Invitational on December 30-31 at Little Caesars Arena. Tech opens against Michigan. Lake Superior State and Michigan State play in the second semifinal.
SUPERIOR PLAYER OF THE GAME
• Minnesota Duluth – Gavin Gould (scored only 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)
• Ferris State – Justin Misiak (scored the game-winner)
• Ferris State – Jake Lucchini (had 2 goals and an assist)
• Clarkson – Raymond Brice (scored the only goal)
• Clarkson – Jake Lucchini (scored the only goal)
• Alaska – Devin Kero (stopped 20-of-21 shots)
• Alaska – Gavin Gould (had a hat trick)
• Bemidji State – Eric Gotz (had a goal and an assist)
• Bemidji State – Dylan Steman (scored twice)
• 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.
• 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.
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.
The Huskies play eight nonconference games this season and are 1-5 so far with a pair of losses to Minnesota Duluth and Clarkson and a split at Wisconsin. Tech wraps-up up nonconference play at the Great Lakes Invitational.
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.