While there have been highs and lows this year, it’s time to recognize the positive contributions made by several members of Team 95 in Husky History. So, by the power vested in me (by me) as the co-winner of the #1 MTU Fan In Texas for 2017-2018 season (I’m tied with Mrs. Dog), here are my selections for the best of Them Dogs for the past campaign—the First Annual Old Dog Awards.
The Old Dog had an interesting time following the Huskies this past weekend. On Friday night, he was “An Old Dog in Mexico” as he was finishing up a trip for work with an overnight stay at the airport in Monterrey. Watching the game alone in a hotel room could be less than thrilling, but THG’s Discord site always provides a great way to enjoy the game with Husky partisans.
With Friday night’s early explosion against Union followed by Saturday’s gritty never-say-die effort against Minnesota Duluth, the Huskies claimed the Icebreaker Championship in the AMSOIL Arena in front of a crowd of mostly-Bulldog fans. With these wins against ranked opponents, Tech vaulted into the USCHO rankings at #15. And, more significantly, the Huskies ended up sixth in the Pairwise Rankings (PWR).
Joe Shawhan and the Michigan Tech Huskies may not have gotten off to the best start last weekend in the Hall of Fame game, but they sure did show up this weekend in Duluth at the Icebreaker Tournament. The win on Friday, which we already covered, had some spectacular moments and the Huskies held a comfortable lead through most of the game. On Saturday, tournament hosts Minnesota-Duluth came out firing on all cylinders scoring on the first shift of the game. Tech pulled into the lead just after the halfway point, and fought to hold it for the remaining 29 minutes, taking home the win and the tournament trophy.
Michigan Tech came out strong in the first period, flying around the ice and putting pressure on the Dutchmen right from the opening faceoff. It took under four minutes for the Huskies to get on the board as Mitch Meek scored his first collegiate goal by skating up the boards and putting a shot on...
Today the WCHA released the Coaches and Media poll. Both had the Huskies picked to finish third behind the two Minnesota schools. Our very own Tim Braun was a voter in this year's poll Media Poll organized by UAHHockey.com.
The 2017-18 Michigan Tech Huskies have nine defensemen on their roster (a year after rostering only six, if you exclude Chris Leibinger), so there is a good chance we will see some of just about all of them. Only three of them were on last season’s team, leaving doubt on what this unit may turn out to be. They will have to stomach the departure of three key members of a blueline that aided in having a top ten defense in the country.
Tech powered past Minnesota State in a three-game semifinal series at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena this weekend. Gavin Gould (Fr., F) had four goals on the weekend, including a hat trick in Saturday's 4-1 win, to send the Huskies to the WCHA Championship game. On the other side of the ice, Angus Redmond (Fr., G), did his job and only allowed three goals in three games.
The first round of the WCHA Playoffs was definitely a statement for the Michigan Tech Huskies. In the first play-or-go-home weekend of the season, the Huskies announced to the rest of the league that they aren't going anywhere with 6-4 and 8-0 victories over UP neighbors Lake Superior State.