Saturday, January 16, 2016

Huskies 3, Mavericks 1

Freddy’s three thoughts of the game:

1. Top lines tell the story: Michigan Tech’s top players — top seniors — came through on Saturday night. Minnesota State’s did not. Alex Petan had two goals, and Malcolm Gould had a goal and two assists for the Huskies. They were the clear difference makers in the game. Meanwhile, it was a rather quiet night for Teddy Blueger, Bryce Gervais and company, as goal scoring continues to be a struggle for this team. Gervais did have an assist on Chandler Madry’s goal, MSU’s lone score of the game, which made it 2-1 early in the third period, the Mavericks’ best push of the game.

2. Streak is snapped: Michigan Tech beat Minnesota State for the first time since the 2011-12 season, stopping a 10-game winless streak in the series. Huskies coach Mel Pearson said he didn’t realize that it had gotten that high, considering that there have been some close battles between the two teams. “I hope we can get (a streak) like they had,” Pearson said. Pearson added that he wishes Tech and MSU were playing another series but thinks “we’ll probably see each other again down the line.”

3. Hardy folks: Shout-out to the crowd of 3,153 who braved the lake-effect snow that dumped on the Upper Peninsula on Saturday. I barely got out of the hotel parking lot to get to the rink wonder just when I’m going to get out of town on Sunday. But the folks in Houghton are used to the white stuff and showed it by coming out to the game. “The No. 1 star was our fans,” Pearson said.

Read my game story here.

Around the WCHA: Miami 2, Bowling Green 1 … Ferris State 4, Alabama Hutnsville 1 … Lake Superior State 4, Alaska Anchorage 2 … Northern Michigan 5, Alaska 3 … Bemidji State 2, Arizona State 0

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