By Joseph Lakeland / Michigan Tech Beat Writer
The Michigan Tech Huskies made a run at No. 2 North Dakota, but fell just short in their opening round WCHA playoff series in Grand Forks.
Friday night’s opener was a mismatch as the Fighting Sioux rolled to a 4-0 shutout victory at the Engelstad Arena.
The Huskies came back on Saturday, though, and surprised North Dakota with a 3-2 overtime victory.
The Sioux looked solid early and led 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.
Jimmy Kerr got the Black and Gold on the board with a power-play marker early in the third and then Tyler Shelast quieted the crowd of 11,638, tying the game shorthanded with just six seconds left on the clock.
Shelast was the hero in the extra frame as well, scoring on the power play at 1:59 to give MTU the win and force a game three on Sunday.
Michael-Lee Teslak stopped 24 shots in what would prove to be Tech’s last win of the season.
“That group deserved that win. We have not had a lot of bounces go our way this season and these guys deserve it,” said head coach Jamie Russell. “They didn’t give up tonight.”
Shelast picked up on Sunday where he left off Saturday, scoring just past the midway mark of the first to put Tech up 1-0.
T.J. Oshie scored the next two for North Dakota and the Sioux held on for a 2-1 victory.
The Huskies finished the year at 14-20-5 overall and 9-15-4 in the WCHA.
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