The Huskies have developed steady momentum and a solid style of play up to this point in the season. They have been contenders in all of their games, keeping up with the likes of Notre Dame and Michigan and even sweeping the series against Michigan State. The next team to enter the Student Ice Arena and take on the Huskies is Lake Superior State.
Facing off against LSSU will be only the second in-conference series this season for the Huskies and the first for the Lakers.
Going into these games, LSSU has a better overall and away record when put next to Tech’s numbers. Earlier this season, they faced off against Laurentian, the same team that the Huskies hosted their exhibition game against. While the Huskies walked away with a 3-2 win, LSSU dominated their game with a 9-2 win. However, just a few days later they lost 8-1 against Wisconsin.
What does this mean? It means LSSU is inconsistent. They can play well together, but they can also fall apart and be taken over by a team that can spot their weaknesses.
Entering the second period of the Wisconsin game, the score was 2-0 in favor of Wisconsin, and by the third period’s start, the score was 4-1. Wisconsin went on to score four
unanswered goals in the third, completely shutting down LSSU for the remainder of the game.
So, what about all this? This tells Coach Pearson and the rest of the team that if Wisconsin can pull off a victory like that, so can the Huskies. Tech’s roster has more than enough talent and experience to break down LSSU’s system.
However, along with being inconsistent brings unpredictability. Just as easily as Tech could dominate the game the same way Wisconsin did, fans may see LSSU play an excellent game of hockey and emerge victorious.
Unlike the majority of teams that Tech has played so far, LSSU is not a household name for college hockey. Not only is the school smaller, but the hockey program is not nationally renowned in the same sense that, say, Notre Dame is. If Tech can keep up with the likes of Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, etc., then there is no reason for the Huskies to not
keep it together against LSSU.
One of the Lakers that Tech needs to keep an eye out for is Alex Globke, LSSU’s point leader with five goals and six assists this season, totaling up to eleven points in eight games. Between LSSU’s top three point leaders, they possess 28 points. Michigan Tech’s top three share 17 points. For perspective, Alex Petan leads the Huskies with six points.
The team has been playing very well and is coming into this series with rolling momentum from sweeping MSU in a two-game series last weekend. Also in favor of Tech is the undefeated home record which stands at 3-0 this season (knock on wood).
Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. this Friday and Saturday evening. Come support the Huskies as they take on Lakers and work towards their goal of climbing up in the WCHA rankings. Follow the team on Twitter for live updates, stories and record keeping of the teams’ November mustaches at @mtuhky.