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Sunday, March 06, 2005

MTU Swept, Gophers Return the Favor

Michigan Tech ended the regular season not giving the seniors the last home game that they would have hoped for as they were swept by the Minnesota Gophers. It was all Minnesota this weekend, as they overpowered the Huskies to get the 4-2 victory Friday and the shutout, 5-0 and sweep of the series on Saturday. Tech will have to regroup as they prepare for the first round of the playoffs in Denver facing a very difficult Pioneers team.

Friday night saw the Gophers get out to a 3-0 lead in the first, only to have MTU get within one by the end of the second. It was Brandon Schwartz and Nick Anderson getting the goals for the Huskies in the secon period. MTU had many other chances, the best from Junior forward Chris Conner, one excellent chance in each period, but his scoring troubles continued as he found the post on the last two, and was stopped by the Gopher netminder on the first.

Saturday was all Minnesota as they started strong, and continued all game. MTU seniors were honored after the game, they include Phil Pietla, Brad Sullivan, Ryan Markham, John Hartman, Clay Wilson, Cam Ellsworth, and Colin Murphy. It has been a great time having all the seniors here and they will be missed. Let's hope they can end it on a good note, in the WCHA playoffs.

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