No. 20 Huskies Roll Past Chargers

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No. 20 Huskies Roll Past Chargers

The Michigan Tech Huskies had not won a WCHA series to date this year, splitting each of the three series. In a series where the Huskies took on the University of Alabama Huntsville last weekend, the Huskies were finally able to double up and take two big conference wins on the road.

In a series that had all of the makings to be a vicious goaltender battle it was anything but. The Chargers struck quickly in the first matchup to take an early 1-0 lead. The Huskies responded by scoring three unanswered and another in the third to topple the hosts 4-2.

After missing Alex Petan in the end of the previous series to an upper body injury, his return sparked the offense as he also netted a key power play goal. “We found a way to win the game and get two big points, which is never easy on the road,” said head coach Mel Pearson. “We still have things we can improve and we need to manage the puck better. I thought we hung in there and our penalty killers did an excellent job. It was a frustrating night but at the same time we have to enjoy the victory and regroup for tomorrow because we have a chance to make this a great weekend.”

Moving into Saturday the Huskies looked to continue rolling and earn a road sweep.  A strong goaltender performance by Winnipeg draft pick Jamie Phillips was the key to the game as the huskies scored two early but were unable to get anything past Chargers net minder Carmine Guerriero on 30 shots. Two major penalties and ejections in the third period led to the Chargers only goal of the night. “We put ourselves in some tough positions tonight,” Head Coach Mel Pearson said.  “I have been coaching college hockey for 33 years and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before…They didn’t get too many good looks. This was a big win for our team, we’ve done a good job on the road so far this year and we’re continuing to get points in tough road buildings. I thought the key tonight was obviously our penalty killing, as we didn’t give up much and generated some shorthanded chances of our own.”

The 20th ranked Huskies (5-3-0 overall; 5-3-0 WCHA) are now 10-0-0 vs. UAH all time and look to continue on their success this coming weekend (Nov. 13-14, 7:07PM) when they take on the Bowling Green Falcons (4-2-3 overall, 1-1-2 WCHA) at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tickets are available for both nights and can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office, the games can also be heard on Mix93 or online at Pasty.net.


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Ashland hits football

Photo taken by Brett Dunbar

Photo taken by Brett Dunbar

 

The Huskies headed south Saturday Nov. 7 to face the Ashland Eagles in Ohio. Ashland won decisively over Tech 40-14.

The Eagles are ranked fifth in national polls by both AFCA Division II coaches and D2Football.com, compared to Huskies’ rank of 22 and 20 respectively. In Saturday’s match these numbers proved true.

AU led 26-7 at the half, and widened the gap within the third quarter to 40-7. Then, Tech had a touchdown run in the final quarter to close scoring.

In the opening play, Brandon Cowie’s pass was picked by Ashland. The home team capitalized six plays later making the score 7-0.

Tech answered with a 75-yard, 13-play drive, where Andrew Clark ran a nine-yard pass into the end zone. This knotted the game at 7-7. However, AU had a streak of four scoring possessions before the half was up and had two touchdowns and two field goals to boast.

The turnovers from Tech during the first half included a punt, a fumble at their own 17, a fourth down at the AU 32 and Cowie’s intercepted pass earlier in the game. Tech coach Tom Kearly attributed Ashland’s success to the team forcing the Huskies to give up the ball, and making their own possessions count.


 

“We got beat bad,” said Kearly. “They took it to us. We turned it over and missed assignments, and they took advantage.”


AU returned Tech’s kickoff during the second half converting two third downs on a 77-yard drive, leading 33-7 with 10:04 left in the third.

Tech pushed hard the next drive, but at the five-yard line Cowie was picked off again. Travis Tarnowski made Tech pay, throwing a 51-yard touchdown pass and putting his team up 40-7.

Ben Tauchen brought an interception to midfield, but Cowie threw a third interception seven plays after. Cowie was picked off one more time, the next drive, completing 8 of 19 passes for 105 yards.

The game seemed set in stone so Isaiah Hackney finished the series as quarterback. James Henderson put the last numbers up with just 3:27 remaining—his first career touchdown.

“This is a good test of your character,” Kearly said after the tough loss. “I really believe we’ll play well,” he added, when asked how the team will bounce back and keep moving forward.

Kevin Miller had 84 yards and Henderson 80 for 164 of Tech’s 190 yards on the ground.

Tarnowski was 24 for 34 and had 382 yards and four touchdowns. Vance Settlemire gained 79 yards rushing for the Eagles, who improved their undefeated streak to 10-0.

Tauchen and fellow linebacker Paul Kuoppala totaled a team-high 10 tackles apiece. Michigan Tech will go back to Ohio Saturday Nov. 14, this time to verse Lake Erie in Painesville. Kickoff starts at 1 p.m.

Written by Davy McLeod. Lode Writer


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Volleyball toss-up

Michigan Tech’s women’s volleyball team played three matches last week against Northern Michigan University on Nov. 3, Saginaw Valley State University on Nov. 6 and Wayne State University on Nov. 7. They managed to win just one of the matches, which was on Nov. 6 against Saginaw Valley State, by 3-1. Michigan Tech lost to Northern Michigan and Wayne State University by the same score of 3-1.

In the match against Northern Michigan, the Huskies started well but couldn’t manage to maintain the momentum and lost (25-18, 20-25, 21-25, and 18-25). The Huskies stormed to a 25-18 win in the first set. Noelle Eveland and Aubrey Ficek both notched five kills in the stanza, and the black and gold hit .314 as a team to build a lead as big as 10 points midway through the frame. Sets No. 2 and 3 were both back-and-forth affairs with neither team taking control until late in the sets. Northern Michigan managed to close out wins of 25-20 and 25-21, respectively, to capture a 2-1 overall edge. The Wildcats clinched the victory with a 25-18 win in the fourth set.

The match against Saginaw Valley State was a special one for the Huskies because it was their first victory in Saginaw since 2006. Tech defeated Saginaw Valley (25-21, 19-25, 25-23, and 25-21). Tech played remarkably well and fixed their mistakes from the last match by maintaining the momentum after winning the first set. Tech won the first set by a 25-21 score. The Huskies carried the play and led throughout the frame before Emmert clinched the win with a kill. After SVSU earned a victory in the second stanza, the black and gold rallied and took the third and fourth sets by scores of 25-23 and 25-21 respectively. Ficek and Mariah Sherman combined for 18 kills to help the offensive charge, while Jacqueline Aird, Halie Hart, Rachel Pohlod and Elle Heinonen were sound defensively to help the Huskies hold the Cardinals to a .078 hitting percentage on the night.

Tech again faced a loss on Nov. 7 against Wayne State University  (25-21, 16-25, 22-25, 18-25). The Huskies started the match by taking the opening set, 25-21. The two teams traded runs early in the frame before Wayne State opened an 18-16 gap. Jennings used a timeout to rally the troops and Tech responded by earning nine of the final 12 points to clinch the victory. The Warriors answered, though, and won the final three sets. Aird once again led Michigan Tech’s defensive efforts and collected a match-high 22 digs. Rachel Pohlod chipped in 18 digs of her own to go along with 33 assists.

“We did not play well at all today,” said Head Coach Matt Jennings on the match against Wayne State. “It was disappointing considering how we played last night. We know that we didn’t do what was needed to beat an offensive team like Wayne State.”

Michigan Tech (18-10 overall; 9-7 GLIAC), which currently sits at No. 7 in the GLIAC standings, finishes out its regular-season schedule this weekend (Nov. 13-14) at Northwood and Lake Superior State.

Photo courtesy of MTU Athletics

Photo courtesy of MTU Athletics

 

Written by Utkarsh Mishra, Lode Writer


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Overtime thriller highlights series split with Ferris State

“For the most part I thought we did a really good job, it might have been the best game we’ve played all year, and we lost” -Mel Pearson

In a series of games where breakaways and outnumbered rushes were a little too common for both sides, goaltending turned out to be the deciding factor last weekend. Jamie Phillips had 30 saves Friday night when the Ferris State Bulldogs opened up their final series with Michigan Tech at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. None of the saves more important than the thirtieth when an untimely turnover at the Huskies blue line let Bulldogs’ Gerald Mayhew take the puck up the ice uncontested. Phillips kicked his left leg out to stop a blistering shot with less than a minute remaining in the overtime period.

The rebound made its way to C.J. Eick who quickly sent it up to Tyler Heinonen. Heinonen in turn fed the puck up to the blue line where Malcom Gould was making a breakaway up the ice.  Gould looked to make a pass to Eick, who with his tremendous speed, was now alongside Gould. At the last second a defenseman was making his way over. With 47.1 seconds remaining, Gould decided to fire the puck on Ferris netminder Charles Williams for the game winning goal.  “Jamie made that big save and we were lucky to turn it around the other way. After I got that phenomenal pass from Heinonen I was kind of thinking (to) pass the whole way to Eick, I saw him open up and then the D-man kind of came right at me at the last minute. I didn’t have much of a pass anymore so I thought I’ll just shoot it. I just kind of got lucky.” Said Gould.

The Huskies opened the game, skating hard and controlling the puck very well. Only 7 seconds into the game Brent Baltus crossed into the Ferris zone to take a long shot on Williams. Eick and Heinonen both had great shots in the opening minutes but Williams continued to stop the onslaught.

Ferris State dumped the puck into the Tech zone, with Jamie back behind the net to collect the puck on the boards. The puck hit a seam in the boards and bounced in front of the goal where Bulldog VanWormer was able to tap the puck into the open net to take a 1-0 lead at 8:17. The Bulldogs struck again when a shot by FSU defenseman Matt Robertson rebounded off of Phillips pad right back to Robertson who was able to lift the puck over an outstretched Phillips. Heinonen made the first cut into the score when he weaved his way through three Bulldog defenders to get to the front of the net where his shot rebounded off of FSU defenseman Zach Dorer to find an empty backside to the net at 18:04. Unfortunately the Bulldogs struck right back when a turnover allowed FSU to regain a two goal lead going into the locker room.

“I think we had a good start, I liked our game. The first 10 minutes I thought we were the better team. We put a lot of pressure on them and created some quality scoring chances and turnovers. We had a chance to regroup in the locker room and push the reset button” said Huskies head coach Mel Pearson.

Tech came out strong in the second period scoring two quick goals. First, Alex Gillies fired a hard wrist shot that made it past Williams to bring the Huskies within one. Twenty seven seconds later Eick launched a wrister which appeared like it would be stopped, when Joel L’Esperance tipped the puck over Williams’ glove to tie the game three apiece. The Bulldogs took the lead again before heading off the ice.

With the third period beginning, the Bulldogs came out with intensity, where Phillips kept the Huskies in the game. The Huskies answered again equalizing the score at 5:33 when Matt Roy sent a laser through traffic from the point that ended up being his first career goal. “It was funny because I didn’t know if Gillies tipped it in front,” said Roy. “I am just glad it went in and I could help the team out.”

“It was frantic out there” said Pearson. “They’re a hard team to play against, if they get any pressure they just flip it, they overload an area putting a lot of pressure on the defense. We found a way to hang in there and a way to win the game.”

After their great performance Friday night, the Huskies came out and played a much better game Saturday, despite missing star forward Alex Petan due to an injury the previous night. Ferris however, found a way to win the game 3-2. Goalie Darren Smith who had sat out Friday night made a great performance and ended the night with 36 saves.

“I thought we came out well, played with a lot more jump during the game and created more scoring opportunities than last night [Friday]. I thought we had an all-around better game tonight” said Pearson. “Unfortunately the scoreboard didn’t indicate that. I thought we carried the play in the third period, I give their goalie a ton of credit, he was the start of the game.”

In stark contrast to Friday’s game which had zero penalties, the Bulldogs took advantage of the very first power play of the night after Reid Sturros was whistled for slashing. Sturros would be the one to strike back and tie the game. At 16:02 a hard shot to the backboards by Roy was kicked across to a waiting Sturros who was able to bury the biscuit into the wide open net. “I took a couple of bad penalties in the first and they scored on one of them. It was nice to get it back there on the power play” Sturros said of his equalizing goal.

The Huskies took the lead in the second when Patrick Anderson found Max Vallis ahead of the slot. Vallis turned and sent a terrific backhand on net through three defenders and past Smith to take the first regulation lead of the weekend.  Later in the second the Bulldogs evened the score at 16:16, when FSU blue-liner Simon Dennis wristed a shot past Phillips who was screened by traffic in front of the net.

The Huskies came out into the third period and created a lot of great scoring opportunities. With 34 total shots attempted and 18 on net, Smith, who should henceforth be known as the wall, was waiting to stop every chance he was afforded. With only 1:21 remaining the Bulldogs notched the game winner and left Tech with two highly coveted WCHA points.

“For the most part I thought we did a really good job, it might have been the best game we’ve played all year, and we lost” said Pearson. “We competed, and we had great effort. When you go through the lineup there aren’t any players you can say had a bad game, it was just a couple breaks and bounces and that’s the game.”


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Hockey preview: Alabama Huntsville

No. 21 Michigan Tech (3-3-0 Overall, 3-3-0 WCHA) continues WCHA play and travels to Alabama this weekend (Nov. 6-7) to take on the Alabama Huntsville Chargers (3-2-1 Overall, 2-1-1 WCHA).

The last time Michigan Tech played Alabama Huntsville was a series to be remembered. The Huskies went on to win their first game of the series 1-0 after nearly 3 full overtimes of play marking the longest game in Michigan Tech’s long history. Huntsville goalie Carmine Guerriero single handedly stopped 76 shots on the night before allowing a power play goal up from then senior Blake Hietala. After shutting out Huntsville for a second time in the weekend (3-0), Jamie Phillips attained the most shutout minutes in Michigan Tech history at 179:39 minutes.

Michigan Tech looks to play another tough goaltender matchup with Guerriero this weekend who was picked in the preseason, alongside Huskies goaltender Jamie Phillips, as one of the nation’s best.

When asked about how the Huskies planned to play against another strong goaltender, Head Coach Mel Pearson stated “All of the goaltenders are good in this league, they’re all capable of pitching a shutout at you. We’re going to have to go with the mindset like we’re playing any other goalie. We’re going to have to get traffic to the net, be hard on the puck, get shots through, find rebounds, and take advantage of the power play. It’s going to be a good series, they’re playing well and off to a great start. We’re going to have to make sure we go down there and take care of business.”

The series will take place at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville with the matchups beginning at 8:07 p.m. EST. You can listen to both games on Mix 93.1 FM or watch video coverage at WCHA.tv.


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