|MICHIGAN TECH at No. 19 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, February 15-16, 2019|
|Time||7:07 p.m. Eastern|
|Location||Taffy Abel Arena (Sault Ste. Marie, 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 | Lake Superior State|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||12-14-4 | 11-8-3-1 WCHA|
|LSSU's Record||18-8-2 | 13-7-2-0 WCHA|
THIS WEEK'S NOTES
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
• Michigan Tech travels across the Upper Peninsula to play at No. 19 Lake Superior State this weekend for the final road series of the regular season.
• The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. each night from Taffy Abel Arena.
• Tech is 12-14-4 overall and 11-8-3-1 in the WCHA.
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 LAKERS
• Lake Superior State is 18-8-2 overall and fourth in the WCHA with a 13-7-2-0 record.
• The Lakers are ranked No. 19 this week in the USCHO Poll and received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.
• The Lakers have won four of their last five and swept Ferris State on February 1-2. They are unbeaten in 13-of-15, dating back December 7.
• The Lakers were picked seventh in the Preseason Coaches' Poll and eighth in the Preseason Media Poll.
• Senior forwards Diego Cuglietta (18-13=31) and Anthony Nellis (14-15=29) lead the team in points.
• Head coach Damon Whitten is in his fifth season on the bench. He has a 56-97-20 record.
• Michigan Tech is 46-22-7 all-time against Lake Superior State, dating back to the 1969-70 season. The Huskies are 15-10-5 in games played in Sault Ste. Marie between the two teams.
• Tech has lost only one of the last 15 games against LSSU and is unbeaten in the last seven games in the Soo.
• LSSU defeated the Huskies 6-3 in the GLI Championship Game in the second-ever meeting between the two teams at the GLI.
• Jake Lucchini, Alex Smith, and Trenton Bliss scored for the Huskies. It was a one-goal game late in the third before a pair of empty-netters by the Lakers.
LAST TIME OUT
• Tech tied No. 6 Minnesota State 1-1 Friday and fell 3-2 in overtime on Saturday at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Mavericks earned the extra point in the shootout Friday and took home the MacInnes Cup Saturday as Winter Carnival Champions.
• Brian Halonen, Dylan Steman, and Justin Misiak scored for the Huskies. Matt Jurusik stopped 60 shots in the series.
• Marc Michaelis from Minnesota State was named the Winter Carnival MVP with two goals and an assist Saturday.
JURUSIK BETWEEN THE PIPES
• Junior goaltender Matt Jurusik has started the last four games for the Huskies—all have gone to overtime. He holds a .961 save percentage and a 0.95 goals-against average over the span.
• Jurusik stopped all 39 shots he faced at Alaska Anchorage and led the WCHA with 60 saves on the weekend against MSU, stopping a season-high 36 saves on Friday.
• Jurusik is now 7-5-2 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
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 156 games. The last Tech player to hit 100 career points was Alex Petan (2012-16).
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 30 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 fourth amongst all rookies in the country with five power-play goals.
• Brian Halonen is seventh in the nation in scoring amongst rookies, leading the WCHA.
• Robbie Beydoun is seventh in the nation in save percentage (.931) and 11th in goals-against average (1.98).
• Tech ranks eighth in the nation in power-play goals scored (27).
• Michigan Tech ranks ninth in the country in shots on goal (936).
• Alex Smith is 15th in the country in faceoff winning percentage (.597).
• Seven different Huskies have been named a WCHA Player of the Week.
IN THE 3-ON-3
• Tech is 2-2-12 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.
Michigan (GLI) – December 30
• Bliss (save), Halonen (save), Lucchini (GOAL), Broetzman (save), Parrottino (GOAL) – Robbie Beydoun saved 4-of-5
Alaska Anchorage – January 26
• Lucchini (GOAL), Jackson (save), Halonen (save) – Jurusik 0-for-2
Minnesota State – February 8
• Lucchini (save), Parrottino (save), Jackson (miss), Swoyer (save) – Jurusik saved 3-of-4
• Michigan Tech hosts Alaska Anchorage next weekend at MacInnes Student Ice Arena for the final home series.
• 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.
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)
• Minnesota State – Matt Jurusik (had 36 saves)
• Minnesota State – Matt Jurusik (had 60 saves on weekend)
• 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.