|MICHIGAN TECH vs. No. 10 Bowling Green|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, January 11-12, 2019|
|Time||7:07 | 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 | Bowling Green|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||10-10-2 | 9-4-1-1 WCHA|
|BGSU's Record||14-4-3 | 9-3-2-2 WCHA|
THIS WEEK'S NOTES
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
• Michigan Tech hosts No. 10 Bowling Green this weekend in the first home series of 2019.
• The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. each night from the MacInnes Student Ice Arena
• The Huskies are 10-10-2 overall and 9-4-1-1 in the WCHA.
• Tech enters the weekend fourth in the WCHA. The Huskies are one point shy of NMU for third and two points away from BGSU for second.
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.
• 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.
ECONO FOODS KIDS DAY
Saturday is the annual Econo Foods Kids Day at Michigan Tech. Tadych's Econo Foods of Houghton has purchased 500 youth tickets for Saturday's Michigan Tech Athletic events.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
• Bowling Green is 14-4-3 overall and 9-3-2-2 in the WCHA.
• The Falcons split with Bemidji State in Ohio last weekend but are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 games.
• BGSU was picked third in the preseason coaches poll and second in the media poll
• Sophomore forwards Brandon Kruse (7-19=26) and Max Johnson (9-14=23) lead the team in scoring.
• Head coach Chris Bergeron in his ninth season on the bench. He holds a 160-147-42 record.
Tech is 17-12-4 all-time against Bowling Green in a series that dates back to the 1972-73 season. The Huskies are 7-5-3 in games played in Houghton.
The Huskies went 1-3-1 against the Falcons in five meetings last season. BGSU took 5-of-6 WCHA points on November 3-4 in Houghton. The Falcons won the GLI Championship Game over the Huskies on January 2. The two teams split in Ohio on February 2-3. The Huskies won with a 4-0 shutout in the final game after 26 saves by Robbie Beydoun and four points by Jake Lucchini.
LAST TIME OUT
• Tech dropped a pair of games at No. 12 Minnesota State last weekend. The Mavericks won 4-1 Friday and 4-2 Saturday, tacking on an empty net goal each night.
• All three goals on the weekend were scored by freshmen. Andrew Bellant scored Friday while Trenton Bliss and Colin Swoyer buried goals Saturday. Bliss has five power-play goals this season to lead all rookies in the nation.
• Michigan Tech leads the WCHA in shots on goals per game at 32.18. Tech ranks fifth nationally in overall shots on goal (708).
• Alex Smith leads the WCHA in faceoff winning percentage at .610.
• 30 of Tech's 63 goals this season have been scored in the second period.
• Trenton Bliss leads all rookies in the country with five power-play goals.
• Seven different Huskies have been named a WCHA Player of the Week.
• Jake Lucchini is second in the WCHA in scoring in league games with five goals and 10 assists. He leads the league in shots on goal at a 4.36 clip.
• Tech is 8-0-1 when scoring the first goal of the game and 9-0-0 when leading after two periods.
• Tech's power play ranks 13th in the nation and leads WCHA at 22.1 percent.
HUSKIES IN NHL
• Blake Pietila was called up the New Jersey Devils on January 1. He has appeared in three games so far this season after leading the Binghamton Devils in scoring and serving as the alternate captain.
• Pheonix Copley has played 15 games between the pipes for the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. He has a 10-2-2 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.
• Jujhar Khaira has 13 points on two goals and 11 assists through 39 games with the Edmonton Oilers this season. He served a two-game suspension in late December for a cross-checking incident against St. Louis.
• Tech hits the road for four games, beginning at Bemidji State next weekend (Feb. 18-19).
• Friday's game in Bemidji will be played outdoors as part of Hockey Day in Minnesota.
• The Huskies will travel to Alaska Anchorage on January 25-26 to wrap up the month.
• 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.
IN THE 3-ON-3
• Tech is 2-2 all-time in the 3-on-3 overtime. Reid Sturos (Alabama Huntsville 2016) and Jake Lucchini (Bemidji State 2018) 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.
SUPERIOR PLAYER OF THE GAME
• Minnesota Duluth – Gavin Gould (scored the only goal)
• Minnesota Duluth – Andrew Bellant (scored his first goal)
• Wisconsin – Alec Broetzman (scored twice)
• Wisconsin – Brian Halonen (had a goal and an assist)
• Alabama Huntsville – Colin Swoyer (scored his 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)
• Northern Michigan – Greyson Reitmeier (scored twice)
• Northern Michigan – Robbie Beydoun (stopped 28-of-29 shots)
• Alabama Huntsville – Robbie Beydoun (stopped 16-of-17 shots)
• Alabama Huntsville – Greyson Reitmeier (scored in OT)
• Michigan – Robbie Beydoun (career-high 36 saves)
• Lake Superior State – Alex Smith (had a goal and an assist)
• Minnesota State – Andrew Bellant (scored the only goal)
• Minnesota State – Colin Swoyer (scored a goal)
• 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 won his 30th game as head coach on December 1, 2018, with a 7-2 victory over Bemidji State
• 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.
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
• John Kisil – Amateur Scout, Toronto Maple Leafs
• Glenn Merkosky – Pro Scout, Detroit Red Wings
• 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.