|MICHIGAN TECH vs. No. 6 MINNESOTA STATE|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, February 8-9, 2019|
|Time||7:07 p.m. (Fri) | 5:07 p.m. (Sat)|
|Location||MacInnes Student Ice Arena (Houghton, Michigan)|
|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 State|
|WC Notes||History of Winter Carnival|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||12-13-3 | 11-7-2-1 WCHA|
|MSU's Record||23-6-1 | 18-4-0-0 WCHA|
THIS WEEK'S NOTES
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
• Michigan Tech hosts No. 6 Minnesota State for the annual Winter Carnival series this weekend.
• The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 5:07 p.m. Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• Tech is 12-13-3 overall and 11-7-2-1 in the WCHA.
• The two teams will battle for the MacInnes Cup given to the team with the most goals on the weekend.
WINTER CARNIVAL SERIES
• Tech is 77-47-13 (.609) in Winter Carnival games since 1950. The Huskies have won the MacInnes Cup six straight years and have won nine of the last 11 games.
• Minnesota State played the Winter Carnival series during the 2004-05 season. The two teams tied 1-1 Friday and Tech captured the MacInnes Cup with a 4-2 win on Saturday.
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.
SCOUTING THE MAVS
• Minnesota State is 23-6-1 overall and 18-4-0-0 in the WCHA and ranked No. 6 this week in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls.
• The Mavericks have won four straight with sweeps at Northern Michigan and over Alabama Huntsville at home last weekend. They have won nine of their last 10 games.
• The Mavericks were picked to win the MacNaughton Cup in both WCHA Preseason Polls.
• Junior forwards Marc Michaelis (13-17=30) and Parker Tuomie (11-17=28) lead the team in points.
• Head coach Mike Hastings is in his seventh season on the bench. He has a 174-78-20 record.
Michigan Tech is 22-41-8 all-time against Minnesota State, dating back to 1996. The Huskies are 16-14-5 in games played in Houghton between the two teams.
• Tech dropped a pair of games at No. 12 Minnesota State on January 4-5. The Mavericks won 4-1 Friday and 4-2 Saturday, tacking on an empty net goal each night.
• All three Tech goals on the weekend were scored by freshmen. Andrew Bellant scored Friday while Trenton Bliss and Colin Swoyer buried goals Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
• Tech took four out of six WCHA points at Alaska Anchorage on January 25-26, not allowing a goal all weekend. The Huskies won 3-0 Friday and tied the Seawolves 0-0 Saturday. UAA took the extra WCHA point Saturday with a shootout win after two overtimes.
• The Huskies extended their unbeaten streak against UAA in Anchorage to nine games. Six of the last seven games between the two teams have gone to overtime.
• Freshman forward Brian Halonen had a pair of goals Friday to take over the team lead with eight goals. Senior forward Jake Jackson also found the back of the net for his second of the season.
• Junior goaltender Matt Jurusik had 18 saves Friday and 21 saves Saturday for his first two shutouts as a Husky.
NCAA FIRST STAR
• Junior goaltender Matt Jurusik was named the NCAA's First Star last week after earning a pair of shutouts at Alaska Anchorage. He stopped all 39 shots he faced in the series. He hasn't allowed a goal over his last 130 minutes and 36 seconds of playing time.
• Jurusik is now 7-4-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. His .722 winning percentage in conference games ranks second in the WCHA.
100 POINTS FOR LUCCHINI
Senior forward Jake Lucchini recorded his 100th career point with an assist at Alaska Anchorage on January 25. He has 41 goals and 59 assists in 154 games. The last Tech player to hit 100 career points was Alex Petan (2012-16).
100 GAMES FOR GOULD
Gavin Gould played in his 100th game in a Tech uniform on January 25. He joins Jake Lucchini (154), Dylan Steman (144), Alex Smith (107), and Jake Jackson (106) who previously hit the century mark.
HOBEY BAKER NOMINEE
Tech co-captain Jake Lucchini is a candidate for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey's top player. Lucchini, a senior from Trail, British Columbia, leads the Huskies with 22 points through the first 28 games. He was named to the GLI All-Tournament Team after scoring in the shootout of the semifinal and a goal in the title game. Lucchini was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Month for November when he had a point in 6-of-7 games from November 3-24.
• Trenton Bliss is second amongst all rookies in the country with five power-play goals.
• Robbie Beydoun is fifth in the nation in save percentage (.931) and 11th in goals-against average (1.98).
• Michigan Tech ranks eighth in the country in shots on goal (879).
• Tech ranks 11th in the nation in power-play goals scored (24).
• Alex Smith is 14th in the country in faceoff winning percentage (.601).
• Seven different Huskies have been named a WCHA Player of the Week.
• Tech's final eight games in the regular season are all in the Upper Peninsula.
• Tech travels to Lake Superior State next weekend (Feb 15-16) for the final road series of the season.
• Alaska Anchorage comes to the MacInnes Student Ice Arena on February 22-23.
• The regular season wraps up on March 1-2 against Northern Michigan. Tech hosts the Wildcats Friday and travels to Marquette Saturday.
COPLEY NHL EXTENSION
Former Husky Pheonix Copley signed a three-year $3.3 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals on February 4. He played two seasons for Michigan Tech from 2012-14, winning 18 games with four shutouts.
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)
• Bowling Green – Robbie Beydoun (shutout with 27 saves)
• Bowling Green – Tyler Rockwell (scored a goal)
• Bemidji State – Todd Kiilunen (scored his first goal)
• Bemidji State – Tyler Rockwell
• Alaska Anchorage – Brian Halonen (scored twice)
• Alaska Anchorage – Matt Jurusik (shutout)
• 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.