Weekend Wrap Up: Week 11, 2016

Huskies head home from Ohio with 6 WCHA points

With an opportunity to open up room in the standings between the teams below and needing to keep up with red-hot Bemidji State, the Huskies traveled to Bowling Green. Angus Redmound continued his dominance in net allowing only one goal each night. Two come-from-behind wins secured the Huskies' sweep and a happy trip back to Houghton.

Special Teams Prove the Difference

That’s one of the keys to winning on the road, is you have to win the special teams battle.
— Mel Pearson, on Friday's post game show

Bowling Green came out strong in the first period on Friday with a 12-8 lead in shots on goal, but Angus Redmond (Fr., G - MTU) proved up to the test making several key saves to keep the game even. Each team had two power play opportunities, but neither could capitalize. The final penalty of the period saw Mitchell McLain (Jr., F - BGSU) given an extra ten minutes in the box after being called for goaltender interference. After picking up the puck in the neutral zone, Stephen Baylis (So. F, BGSU) opened the scoring by beating Redmond up high. Special teams continued to play a role with Tech killing a 5-on-3 just past halfway through the period. After an unusual offensive zone delay of game call on Frédéric Létourneau (Fr., F - BGSU) for knocking the MTU net off the pegs, Matt Roy (Jr., D - MTU) evened the game up with a wrister from the near-side point. 

Teams prepare for the opening faceoff on Friday night (Photo credit: Tyler Schwartz).

Teams prepare for the opening faceoff on Friday night (Photo credit: Tyler Schwartz).

Tech started the third on the PK after a late bench minor in the 2nd for too many men on the ice. After successfully killing it, Tech found themselves on the PK again after a Matt Roy slash. An aggressive fore check by Jake Lucchini (So., F - MTU) lead to an unassisted shorthanded goal that would prove to be the game winner. Tech only gave up five shots on goal through the entire period, and a late slash by Alec Rauhauser (Fr., D - BGSU) lead to an Alex Gilles rebound goal at 18:42 that would seal the win. 

Goalies Duel Again

Another night, another low-scoring game on Saturday. BGSU switched netminders, giving the start to Ryan Bednard (Fr., G - BGSU) who would prove tough for the Huskies to crack all night. Tech's PK unit was stellar again, holding 0-3 on the penalty kill for a 0-9 weekend. The first period saw no goals as both goalies stopped all eight shots they faced. Bowling Green once again opened up the scoring with a Matt Meier goal at 9:49 of the second period, but Tech responded less than five minutes later. Taking a pass from Cliff Watson (Sr., D - MTU) near the blue line, Jake Jackson beat Bednard from the top of the far circle to pull the teams level at 14:10. The only Tech power play came late in the second, but Bowling Green held the game at one a piece going into the third. 

Once again, Jake Lucchini scored the game-winner at 8:31 picking up a rebound from a Matt Roy shot and putting it home for the final goal of the game. Only giving up four shots on goal in the third period, Tech would not allow Bowling Green back into the game at all and pickde up the critical six WCHA points on the weekend. While BGSU Head Coach Chris Bergeron was happier with his team's performance on the night, he had some kind words for Huskies:

Honestly for me, it feels like they have seven guys out there, every inch on the ice is difficult.
— BGSU Head Coach Chris Bergeron on MTU during Saturday's post game

 

THG Three Stars of the Weekend

  1. Jake Lucchini - 2 GWG, 1 A, +2  - The Friday shorty seals the top spot, fantastic forecheck plays and lightning quick finishes.
  2. Angus Redmond - .959 SV% (47 for 49), 1.00 GAA (currently leading nation in GAA with 1.40)
  3. Matt Roy - 1 G , 1 A

Michigan Tech in the National Rankings

With 29 votes over last week's 14, Tech continues to sit on the bubble of the USCHO.com Division I Men's poll. The Pairwise Ranking System also saw no movement with MTU still at 23. The upcoming non-conference games will prove important there, especially the Notre Dame series. The sweep did allow Tech, 36 points, to gain a point on Bemidji, 43 points, in the WCHA Standings as they dropped one point to Lake Superior State in Friday's shootout victory. Tech is now comfortably in second with a 13-point lead over the logjam in third place of Alabama-Huntsville, Bowling Green and Minnesota State. 

Jake Lucchini's game-winning goals and Angus Redmond's single goal games would once again earn Tech WCHA honors for Offensive and Rookie Players of the Week