|MICHIGAN TECH vs. ALASKA|
|Date||Friday-Saturday, October 11-12, 2019|
|Time||7:07 / 6:07 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||Friday | Saturday | FloHockey|
|Game Notes||Michigan Tech | Alaska | WCHA|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday|
|Tech's Record||2-0-0 | 0-0-0 WCHA|
|UAF's Record||0-2-0 | 0-0-0 WCHA|
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
• Michigan Tech plays its home and WCHA-opener this weekend against Alaska at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• There will be a Blue Line Club Luncheon on Friday.
• Puck drop is 7:07 p.m. Friday and 6:07 p.m. Saturday.
ON THE RADIO
• Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ broadcasts all Michigan Tech hockey games. Fans can listen live on the radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at TheMix93.com or Pasty.com, or by using your favorite radio streaming app.
• Dirk Hembroff will call all the action in his 18th year behind the microphone.
• FloHockey.tv. brings more than 180 WCHA games available on 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 Atlantic Hockey and select Big Ten Conference hockey games through the company's distribution deal with the Big Ten Network.
SCOUTING THE NANOOKS
• Alaska was picked seventh in the preseason WCHA Coaches' Poll and eighth in the media poll.
• The Nanooks are 0-2 on the season after a pair of losses at home to No. 2 Denver. The Pioneers won 4-3 and 3-0.
• The Nanooks were 12-21-3 overall and 12-14-2 in the WCHA last season.
• Head coach Erik Largen is in his second season.
• Top scorers from a season ago: Steven Jandric (9G, 15A – 24 pts.), Tristan Thompson (6G, 15A – 21 pts.) and Kylar Hope (8G, 12A – 20 pts.).
• Tech swept Alaska in their last meeting on November 23-24, 2018 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• The Huskies won 2-1 Friday on Copper Country Strong Night. Brian Halonen and Tommy Parrottino scored the goals and Devin Kero had 20 saves.
• Tech completed the sweep with a 7-2 victory Saturday. Five different Huskies scored and Matt Jurusik stopped 27 shots.
• The Huskies are 20-3-0 all-time against the Nanooks and have won the last 16 meetings. The last loss was February 2014 in Houghton.
• The Huskies opened the 2019-20 season with a nonconference sweep at Robert Morris in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
• Tech won 2-1 in overtime Saturday after Alec Broetzman scored with 44 seconds left in the extra period.
• Broetzman had a first-period hat trick Sunday as the Huskies shutout RMU 7-0.
• Alex Smith, Trenton Bliss, Parker Saretsky, Brian Halonen, and Eric Gotz also had goals.
• Goaltender Matt Jurusik stopped 59-of-60 shots on the weekend.
• Parker Saretsky, Chris Lipe, Logan Pietila, and David Raisanen made their Michigan Tech debuts last weekend.
THE LAST TIME
• Tech swept a nonconference road series – January 4-5, 2008 at Mercyhurst (3-2, 5-1)
• Tech shutout an opponent – January 11, 2019 versus No. 10 Bowling Green (Robbie Beydoun, 2-0 win, 27 saves)
• Tech player scored a hat trick – November 24, 2018 vs. Alaska (Gavin Gould, 7-2 Win, 3 goals)
• Tech player had five points – October 9, 2009 vs. Northern Michigan (Brett Olson, 3G and 2A, 5-3 win)
• Tech player scored a shorthanded goal – March 8, 2019 at Bowling Green (Alec Broetzman, 3-2 loss)
• Tech won in overtime – December 15, 2018 vs. Alabama Huntsville (Greyson Reitmeier, GWG, 2-1, OT)
WCHA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• Tech had a clean sweep of WCHA Players of the Week. Alec Broetzman was named the WCHA Forward of the Week, Seamus Donohue earned WCHA Defenseman of the Week honors, Matt Jurusik was the WCHA Goaltender of the Week, and Parker Saretsky received the league's Rookie of the Week accolades.
• Alec Broetzman tallied an NCAA-leading six points on four goals and two assists with one game-winning goal, eight shots and a plus-4 rating. Broetzman opened the weekend with a game-winning, shorthanded overtime goal to give Tech a 2-1 win over the Colonials on Saturday evening. Sunday, he exploded for a first-period natural hat trick as the Huskies potted five goals in the frame en route to a 7-0 victory to sweep the series.
• Junior Seamus Donohue recorded a pair of power-play assists at RMU. He led the NCAA in blocked shots with eight. Donohue was part of a Tech penalty kill unit that was a perfect eight-for-eight on the weekend as the Huskies limited Robert Morris to just one goal in the series sweep.
• Matt Jurusik stopped 59-of-60 shots in the Huskies' sweep of RMU. He recorded his third shutout as a Husky on Sunday with 25 stops in a 7-0 blanking of the Colonials. His 0.48 GAA ranks second nationally and his .983 save percentage was the second-best in the WCHA for the opening weekend.
• Parker Saretsky led all NCAA newcomers with four points and a plus-3 rating over the weekend. He collected his first collegiate goal in Tech's 7-0 win on Sunday, scoring the fifth goal for the Huskies.
• Head coach Joe Shawhan is in his third 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.
IN THE PRESEASON WCHA POLLS
• Tech was selected fourth in WCHA Preseason Media Poll and fifth in the Mankato Free Press Coaches' Poll.
• Tech finished with a 13-12-3 record in the WCHA last year to earn the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament.
• Brian Halonen and Matt Jurusik received votes on the coaches' Preseason All-WCHA Team.
• Seamus Donohue received votes on the media's Preseason All-WCHA Team.
• Blake Pietila (goaltender), Logan Pietila (forward), and Parker Saretsky (forward) received votes for the WCHA Preseason Media Rookie of the Year.
Tech returns 22 players from last season with 11 forwards, nine defensemen and a pair of goaltenders.
• The freshman class consists of goaltender Blake Pietila, defensemen Brenden Datema and Chris Lipe, and forwards Jake Crespi, Logan Ganie, Logan Pietila, and Parker Saretsky.
• Blake and Logan Pietila are twins while Logan Ganie and Parker Saretsky have been teammates for six years, including the last three with Spruce Grove. Logan Pietila and Chris Lipe were teammates at Dubuque.
• Junior forward David Raisanen was also added to the roster after playing two seasons in Minot (NAHL).
ALL-WCHA ROOKIE TEAM
Brian Halonen was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team last season after he led the Huskies—and all WCHA rookies—with 12 goals. He also added nine assists and was third on Tech with 21 points to rank third amongst WCHA freshmen. Six of his points came on the power play with three goals and three assists. Halonen also ranked third amongst league freshmen with 87 shots on goal.
NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMP ATTENDEES
• Alex Smith – Calgary (2017)
• Cooper Watson – Dallas (2018)
• Robbie Beydoun – Detroit (2019)
• Seamus Donohue – Philadelphia (2019)
• Brian Halonen – Dallas (2019)
• Matt Jurusik – Pittsburgh (2019)
• Colin Swoyer – St. Louis (2019)
• Matt Roy was on the opening night roster for the LA Kings. Roy played 115 games over three seasons (2014-17) with the Huskies. He was drafted by the Kings in 2015 and appeared 25 NHL games in 2018-19.
• Jujhar Khaira played for the Edmonton Oilers on opening night. Khaira played one season at Tech in 2012-13. He played in 154 career NHL games in four seasons before the start of the 2019-20 campaign.
• Joel L'Esperance was called up to the Dallas Stars. He played 18 NHL games last season for the Stars. L'Esperance played for the Black and Gold from 2014-18.
FORMER HUSKIES AT NHL CAMP
Eight former Huskies participated in NHL Preseason Training Camps
• Dane Birks (Arizona)
• Pheonix Copley (Washington)
• Tanner Kero (Dallas)
• Jujhar Khaira (Edmonton)
• Joel L'Esperance (Dallas)
• Jake Lucchini (Pittsburgh)
• Mitch Reinke (St. Louis)
• Matt Roy (Los Angeles)
• 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.
• Blake and Logan Pietila – Twin brothers with numerous cousins who have played for the Huskies
• Brian Halonen and David Raisanen – Brian's father and David's mother are brother and sister from Calumet. Halonen's first cousins Blake, Chad, and Aaron Pietila from his mother's side also played for the Huskies.
Tech will wear new white jerseys in 2019-20. The team also brought back white helmets for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
JOE SHAWHAN HOUR
The Joe Shawhan Hour can be heard every Monday morning at 10 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ. Host Dirk Hembroff and Coach Shawhan talk about the previous weekend and the upcoming matchup. Fans can listen live to the Joe Shawhan Hour on the radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at TheMix93.com or Pasty.com, or by using your favorite radio streaming app. The show will also be posted for on-demand listeners at MichiganTechHuskies.com.
• Tech has next weekend (Oct. 18-19) off before hitting the road to Bowling Green on October 25-26 for the first WCHA road series.
• November opens with the US Hockey Hall of Fame Game at North Dakota.
US HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME
• Tech will play in the US Hockey Hall of Fame Game for the second time in three seasons on November 2 at North Dakota. The last time the two met was on March 17, 2013.
• The Huskies played at Wisconsin on October 1, 2017 in the US Hockey Hall of Fame game. The Badgers won 3-2 in Joe Shawhan's first game as head coach.
55th GREAT LAKES INVITATIONAL
• Tech will host the 55th annual Great Lakes Invitational on December 30-31 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Huskies will open against Michigan State in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. on Dec. 30. Michigan and Ferris State will play in the second game at 4 p.m.
• LCA will host a tripleheader of hockey action on New Year's Eve, as the third-place game of the GLI will take place at 11:30 a.m. and the winners of Sunday's contests will meet in the GLI Championship Game at 2:30 p.m. Following the GLI Championship Game, the Detroit Red Wings will square off against the San Jose Sharks in the team's annual New Year's Eve game at 7:30 p.m.
• Tech went 14-20-4 overall last season with a 13-12-3 WCHA mark. The Huskies finished sixth in the league standings and played at Bowling Green in the WCHA First Round.
• Forward Brian Halonen was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team. Senior forward Jake Lucchini signed an NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins after the season. Senior forward Dylan Steman signed with the Hershey Bears after the season ended.