HOUGHTON, M.I.–Michigan Tech (3-0-0, WCHA 1-0-0) started conference play with #18 Wisconsin coming to town to play the Huskies and it was classic WCHA play. Both teams played strong and each netted one goal in regulation. But it was the home Huskies that found the net in overtime to extend their undefeated streak to three.
The Huskies were lead by their top line, captain Brett Olson, senior Jordan Baker, and freshman Blake Pietila. The line created opportunities all game long and provided the player of the game, Baker.
“I’m really happy for the kids, they came out strong and deserved the win” Coach Mel Pearson praised after the game. “We could not have asked for a better start.”
Tanner Kero started the scoring for the Huskies when he won a battle down low, fed the pass up to Riley Sweeney, who passed it back for a tip in by Kero. The play showcased the skill of the rookie tandem.
Pearson had praise for the freshmen as well, “Kero had a nice goal to start us off, only a month in and he has his first goal, good for him, now to get (David) Johnstone one.”
Baker was finally rewarded in OT, when he was left all alone in front of the net and tapped in an empty netter for the win, his second goal of the year and his second game winning goal of the year.
“Josh Robinson played great tonight, he is playing with a lot of confidence. It is nice when you have that.” Pearson stated. Robinson played the game and allowed only one goal, a power play goal, in the third. Robinson ended the game with 23 saves on 24 shots. The Huskies put 38 shots on Badger goaltender Landon Peterson.
Huskies look for the sweep tomorrow night against a hungry Wisconsin team.