MTU Tops #5 Denver in a WCHA Match Up
by: Andy Bourdeau
Michigan Tech (2-17-1, 2-14-1 WCHA) started the second half of the season on the right foot, with a win over the number #5 team in the country, Denver. It was a battle of the best offense in the league (DU) and one of the worst defensive teams in the nation (MTU). It was role reversal as Tech took it to Denver for all three periods and came away with a 3-0 shutout, the first shutout against Denver since 1979, and the first shutout at Denver home since the 50's.
Ellsworth was phenomenal in net making all 35 saves he faced, he also had a little help from his iron friends behind him. MTU forecheck was relentless, Tech did not look like the last place team last night. The scoring started in the second with a nice goal by Kerr on a rebound from a Hartman shot. Minutes later Tech scored on there second PP chance, as Schwartz bounced on off of a DU defender into the net.
Tech came out in the third showing that they could play smart hockey, keeping the 2-0 lead until Conner came in put a shot on net, the rebound was taken by Murphy, who tried a shot but caught his own rebound. Some how he was able to get the puck across the crease to Conner who found the back of a wide open net.
The three stars for the game were all from MTU, 3rd Taggert Desmet, 2nd Colin Murphy, and 1st Cam Ellsworth.
DU Get the Weekend Split, 1-0
by: Andy Bourdeau
It was a game of goaltending as both netminders brought there best tonight, but it was DU getting the 1-0 win. For the second straight night these two teams put on a good show for the fans. In the end, it was a first period goal that was the difference.
Denver got the first and only goal on one that Ellsworth would like to have back. DU came in, put a shot on Ellsworth, he stopped it, but could not find the puck, it trickled out and DU buried it in the back of the net. Tech had a chance on the 5 on 3, but could not capitalize. Nearing the end of the period Conner put the puck in the net on a pretty shot, but it was waved off because of a weak penalty called behind the play on Shelast.
That was all the scoring as the both teams had chances, but none could get it in the back of the net. It was a good weekend for Tech, and they look next to a non-conference bout with Notre Dame in Green Bay, WI.