Michigan Tech went into nationally-ranked Vermont’s house and came out with four points. The Huskies stunned the Catamounts and moved to 3-1-0 on the year, the best record for the Huskies since the 1996-1997 season.
On Friday night, it was senior captain Lars Helminen who put in the game winner 39 seconds into overtime.
MTU had to overcome a two-goal deficit twice to force overtime. Vermont started the scoring, getting one past Michael Lee Teslak in the first. They went up by two for the first time in the second, but it was Geoff Kinrade who got the first goal and pulled MTU to within one. Still in the second, Vermont notched their third of the game, giving them a two-goal lead again. Just 30 seconds later, Tyler Shelast was able to bring it back to within one.
The third period started with Tech down, 3-2, but five minutes in, freshman Eli Vlaisavljevich tied the game. That was the last goal scored until Helminen notched the game winner.
Teslak improved to 2-0 on the season, and had 15 saves on the night.
Saturday was a different story as it was MTU who had the two-goal lead. This time, Vermont was unable to even the score. MTU started the scoring in the second, when freshman Phil Axtell tipped home the first power-play goal of the year for the Huskies. In the same period, junior Peter Rouleau recorded his first goal of the year and as a Husky and gave MTU the 2-0 lead.
Vermont made a game of it with a 6-on-4 goal 17 minutes in past Rob Nolan (pictured right), but Nolan and the defense stayed strong the rest of the way and preserved the win.
The win was Nolan's first collegiate win. He ended with 28 saves.
Michigan Tech now has eight total goals scored by eight different people. Sixteen different players on the roster have a point or more.
Michigan Tech returns home for the first WCHA series this upcoming weekend against Alaska-Anchorage.