The battle for this year's Ramada Cup is here and gone. Northern Michigan was able to sweep Michigan Tech this past weekend, 5-1 and 2-1, and retain the Ramada Cup for another year. The series was a home-and-home series with the first in Marquette and the second in Houghton.
Saturday was a penalty-filled game, 59 in total, 41 for the Huskies. NMU controlled the play all game and the only mistake made by netminder Bill Zaniboni came with less than five minutes left in the game on a shorthanded goal by Chris Conner (pictured), his first shorty of the year and 12th of his career at MTU, which is now the all-time school record.
Saturday night was a different story as MTU controlled most of the play, but again had a hard time solving Zaniboni in net. There was not as much specialty time Saturday as there was Friday, but both teams were able to get a power-play goal. MTU's came from Mike Botavanja on a one-timer from the point. Tech had chances to tie in the last seconds, but were unable to get the bounces.
MTU starts WCHA play this weekend when Minnesota-Duluth comes to town. Both teams are young and both struggled a bit in early non-conference play, so it should make for a couple good games by a couple hungry teams.
For a more complex write up on both games, please click here.