Michigan Tech started the 2012–13 season on Saturday with an exhibition game against Brock University, a CIS team from St. Catharines, Ontario. Fans got their first look at the freshman class and the team got a chance to see whether their offseason work paid off. The Huskies started strong and saw good things from many players – chief among them being freshman forward Alex Petan, who started his collegiate career with a hat trick, albeit one that does not count in the statistics.
"We had a good game against a good opponent, we got what we wanted from this game," said Head Coach Mel Pearson. We saw all three goalies – two freshman and a senior – three of the freshman had points (Petan and forwards Jujhar Khaira and Malcolm Gould). Many others that have not had much playing time saw time on the ice, including forwards Blake Hietala, Daniel Holmberg and Mikael Lickteig and defensemen Tommy Brown and Jimmy Davis. Besides Petan's hat trick, Blake Pietila, David Johnstone and Khaira scored goals for the Huskies. "We have some things to work on," said Pearson. "Face-offs is the biggest, but I have to take the blame on that." The team played their annual intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday in Calumet.
- Huskies, freshmen debut to rave reviews vs. Brock – Daily Mining Gazette
- Petan Nets Hat Trick as Tech Rolls Brock 6-2 – Michigan Tech Athletics
- Brock men's hockey drops 6-2 decision to Michigan Tech – Brock University Athletics
This week we salute freshman Alex Petan for lighting the lamp three times in his first collegiate appearance. His goals highlighted three different parts of his game. In the first period he fired a sniper shot from the slot, finding the upper right corner. In the next period he tipped in a goal on the power play and completed the hat trick with hard-nosed goal, where he battled to bank the puck past the goalie. "I was excited to get going," said Petan, "I just wanted to have a good game and think I got lucky on a couple goals." Lucky or not, we want more!