Michigan Tech travelled to Anchorage for a WCHA series with the Seawolves, and earned a split on the weekend. MTU misfired out of the gate on Friday, losing 3-2, but responded nicely with a 4-1 win on Saturday. The Huskies moved out of the basement and into eighth in the WCHA with the win, only two points behind a home playoff series.
Friday saw Anchorage get on the board first, but MTU tied it before the end of the first when Lars Helminen found the back of the net on a 5-on-3 power play. In the second, Alaska got the go-ahead goal.
The third saw the Seawolves take a 2 goal lead at the eight-minute mark. With seven minutes left in the game, MTU scored to make it 3-2. It was Malcolm Gwilliam who was able to get the puck by the UAA netminder. That was all the road team could muster, as Anchorage held strong.
Rob Nolan was in net for the Huskies and stopped 16 shots.
The play on Saturday started out ugly for the Huskies, but somehow MTU was able to get the first goal of the period, when Tyler Shelast was able to find the back of the net. Anchorage tied the game, less than a minute later. MTU was outshot 11-5 in that first period.
In the second, MTU evened the shots, and took a one-goal lead, off the stick of the team's leading scorer, Peter Rouleau. MTU came close a few times, but one was all they could get out of the second period.
MTU entered the third with three minutes remaining on a five-minute major. UAA took a second penalty early in the third, and MTU capitalized as Geoff Kinrade was able to bury a shot to give the Huskies a two- goal cushion. Jimmy Kerr added an empty-netter inside of the last minute to secure the game for the visitors.
Michael-Lee Teslak improved to 5-5-1 on the year with 25 saves, and has now won two straight.
MTU (11-13-2) will host Colorado College in a pivotal WCHA series. With 11 wins, MTU has amassed their largest win total since the 1997-98 season (17).