Michigan Tech returns to Houghton this weekend to face the Lake Superior State Lakers at this year's Winter Carnival. After a successful trip to Bowling Green, the Huskies have climbed to #15 in the USCHO Poll and debuted at #14 in the USA Today Poll. Winter Carnival is always a great time to be in Houghton and this weekend should be no different.
The Huskies gave Bowling Green their first home loss this season, flexing a strong record on the road. MTU now has 25 points in the WCHA, still in third place below the Minnesota State University Mavericks (29pts) and Bowling Green State University Falcons (27pts), but they are now in striking distance of both of those teams, as the Mavericks and Falcons face off next weekend.
The years to come may show this to ultimately be the pinnacle of Scott's career, but in one opportunity seized, he accomplished something of which many can only dream: an accomplishment that will forever alter his legacy in the game he loves, to be memorialized with the addition of his helmet to the collection of the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is a lesson of ability, opportunity and accomplishment that we as fellow alumni and students of Michigan Tech can take to heart.
Congratulations to John Scott, Michigan Tech hockey alumnus (2002-06, ‘10 Mechanical Engineering) for his performance in the NHL All Star Weekend. Scott won MVP of the All Star Game, and later earned the NHL's first star of the week. Scott scored two goals in the semifinal game for the Pacific Division.
The February 5, 2016 game between Lake Superior State and Michigan Tech, the Friday night game of this year's Winter Carnival series, will be broadcast on the American Sports Network. Here's a list of stations carrying the game.
Poll standings this week are relatively unchanged since last week, with this week bringing a hefty set of non-conference match-ups for WCHA teams. It was a good week for Michigan Tech, with their win over Bowling Green bringing the Huskies four more points that last week. Additionally, BGSU lost seven points, opening up the gap between 2nd and 3rd, but Minnesota State's two-point gain after carrying a close game with #2 St. Cloud State means that the Huskies are going to have to fight for every point they want to gain this week.
Michigan Tech returns to action after a week off and remains #17 in the USCHO Poll. They'll travel to #18 Bowling Green, this weekend, before what should be a packed house. Since the reshuffling, these two teams have started to build a bit a rivalry, starting with six games back in 2013-14 culminating in BGSU's sweep of MTU on their way to the WCHA Final Five, finishing the season with 3-2-1 record against MTU. The Huskies returned the favor last season, ending the Falcons' season with a 5-2 win at the WCHA Final Five and now they meet again with the recent series tied 5-5-1.
There have been plenty of reasons stated for the Big Ten Proposal to change recruit eligibility for college hockey. Tech Hockey Guide has poured over USCHO, Elite Prospects and Chris Heisenberg’s commitment pages for the last five years to compile a master list of data about current rosters throughout college hockey and see if the reasons stated by many coaches in favor of the proposal hold up to analysis.
Michigan Tech was on bye this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on around the WCHA that affects the Huskies. Lately, the Huskies have been skating well against good teams and taking a position to control their own destiny, but they are in an uphill battle. It's likely Broadmoor or bust for the Huskies.