Michigan Tech (6–4–1 overall, 4–4–1 WCHA) traveled to Anchorage, Alaska, this week for a 2-game series against the Seawolves. In the first of two games, the Huskies came out flat and were unable to get their feet going against the host Seawolves, losing the game 3–1.
Alaska–Anchorage scored once in each period and held the Huskies to 19 shots for the entire game en route to their first WCHA victory of the year.
“We need to play our systems, we are a good team when we play our systems, we did not play our game and it showed tonight,” said coach Mel Pearson. “We have to learn that when we do not play our game, we don’t play as well.”
The Huskies’ lone goal came from Brad Stebner – his first as a Husky – on a rebound of an Alex MacLeod shot. Also assisting on the play was Daniel Sova.
Goaltender Kevin Genoe made his first start for the Huskies in 7 games and looked good, making some huge saves to give his team a chance. “We left him all alone on a few plays and Kevin came up big for us,” said Pearson, who was happy with the netminder’s play on the evening.
The defense did not receive the help the coaching staff hoped the forwards would provide, and without Carl Nielsen in the lineup, it was needed even more than in the past.
Expect to see Josh Robinson back in net for the Huskies, and expect a better game all around tonight when they play the second game of the series against the Seawolves.