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Sunday, December 17, 2006

MTU earns road sweep, upsets North Dakota

Michigan Tech went into North Dakota with a six-game winless streak and came out on a two-game win streak.

MTU earned four much-needed WCHA points and moved into a tie for fifth with Alaska-Anchorage.

Friday night, MTU rode the pads of sophomore netminder Rob Nolan (pictured left). Michigan tech took the lead in the second when Alex Lord netted his first goal as a Husky.

Late in the same period, Peter Rouleau got the game-winner with a 4-on-3 power-play goal.

In the third, Ryan Bunger continued his run when he put home a rebound. The rest was up to Nolan, but he saw his first shutout slip away with just over a minute remaining in the game. ND pulled their goalie and then got the extra-attacker goal.

But that was all they could get as Nolan stood strong for the rest and saved 29 on the night.

MTU head coach Jamie Russell felt Nolan earned the right to play in the Saturday game as well and Nolan did not disappoint.

The first period ended a 0-0 tie, same as the night before. In the second it was ND who took an early lead. Alex Gagne tied it in the 12th minute with third goal of the season. MTU took a 2-1 lead less than a minute later when Jimmy Kerr had the puck unintentionally go off his skate and into the goal. The Fighting Sioux then tied it up and the period ended 2-2.

In the third, MTU got a tip in goal halfway through from Malcolm Gwilliam, which was the game winner.

Nolan once again would not let anything by him and finished with 30 saves.

The sweep at North Dakota was the Huskies' first since 1992.

MTU (8-8-2, 5-7-2 WCHA) will head down to Detroit on the 29th and 30th to play host for the 42nd annual Great Lakes Invitational where they will face Michigan in the semifinals.


Shirtless Guy said...

Hey Andy,
If I'm not mistaken, the rule this year is that a puck can go off a players skate intentionally as long as the puck is not put in with a kicking motion. I can guarantee from the video I saw that Jimmy Kerr intended the puck to go off his skate, but did not kick the puck in.
Go Huskies!!!

Andy Bourdeau said...

Shirtless, you are correct. A puck can be deflected with a skate as long as it is not with a kicking motion. I did not see the play, but took what was said by the radio announcer.

What a weekend by MTU, a much needed sweep going into this GLI tournament.