Michigan Tech started the second half of the schedule on the wrong foot as the Huskies lost two hard-fought contests, 2-1 in overtime on Friday and 5-3 on Saturday against Minnesota-Duluth. This was the first time in three series that MTU lost at the DECC.
On Friday, the two teams each scored one in the second period. It was Malcolm Gwilliam who tied the game for the Huskies late in the middle stanza. That was all the Huskies could muster and UMD was able to beat Rob Nolan at the 1:50 mark in the extra session.
Nolan ended the game with 20 saves.
Friday, Nolan got the call again and, unlike the first period in the first game, Saturday saw four goals in the first, two for each team. It was Drew Dobson and Geoff Kinrade getting the goals for the Huskies. The tally was the first of Dobson's career.
MTU got the only goal of the second when senior co-captain Mike Batovanja tallied his first goal of the year. That was all they could muster and MTU lost the lead at the 12-minute mark. UMD added an empty netter to make the score 5-3.
Nolan ended the night with 24 saves.
MTU will be back home to host a non-conference series against Bemidji State. This is the first time MTU will host the Beavers.