Monday, January 07, 2008
Michigan Tech sweeps Mercyhurst
by Andy Bourdeau/Michigan Tech Beat Writer
After playing in front of 17,000 at Joe Louis Arena, the Michigan Tech Huskies (9-9-2, 5-6-1) traveled to Erie, Pa., to play Mercyhurst in front of 600 and came away with two non-conference wins, 3-2 and 5-1. The Huskies were coming off a well-played Great Lakes Invitational, and were looking to continue with their momentum.
Tyler Shelast and Peter Rouleau (pictured below) continued their great play, notching two goals each on the weekend. Rouleau added a pair of helpers on the weekend as well.
Goals were scored by Shelast, Rouleau and Alex Gagne on Friday night. It was 1-1 after one, as Shelast started it off. Then Rouleau was able to get a power-play goal for the Huskies in the second, but they saw the Lakers tie the game shortly after. Then later in the second, Gagne scored the eventual game-winner on a nice deflection play.
The second game was not as close. Again Shelast started the scoring, and Mercyhurst answered, but after Jimmie Kerr's power-play goal late in the second, the Huskies did not look back. Rouleau added his second of the weekend, scoring Tech's first shorthanded goal of the year. MTU added two more in the final stanza, one from Derek Kitti and one from Ryan Angelow, to make the final score 5-1.
Rob Nolan was the starting goalie both nights, making 20 and 22 saves on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
MTU continues on the road this weekend, traveling to North Dakota to take on the Fighting Sioux.