By Joseph Lakeland / Michigan Tech Beat Writer
The Michigan Tech Huskies engaged in a couple of defensive struggles over the weekend and were rewarded with a split against the #7 Denver Pioneers.
Dustin Jackson was the hero on Friday night as he scored the game’s only marker in the Pioneers 1-0 victory at MacInnes.
Jackson picked up the Kyle Ostrow’s rebound on buried it past Huskies netminder Michael-Lee Teslak at 19:47 of the second period.
Teslak finished the night with 21 saves.
Pioneer goalie Peter Mannino was perfect on 21 shots and earned his fifth shutout of the season and the 14th of his stellar career.
The Huskies got their revenge in Saturday’s finale as the beat Mannino and the Pioneers 2-1 on Senior Night.
Alex Lord started the scoring for MTU, putting a wrister past Mannino at 12:41 of the opening period.
Then blueliner Geoff Kinrade notched the eventual game winner, going nearly end to end and finishing with a shot upstairs to put the Huskies up 2-0 with about 10 left minutes to play.
Rhett Rakhshani ended Teslak’s bid for a shutout as he scored with the extra attacker on and just a 1:47 left on the clock.
Teslak sealed the door from there, making a total of 32 saves for the night.
“Teslak was incredable in net tonight. He made a lot of good saves,” said head coach Jamie Russell on the MTU Website. “I am also very proud of our six seniors. They have all meant a lot to the program.”
Mannino turned away just 19 shots for DU.
Michigan Tech (12-17-5, 8-14-4 WCHA) will finish out the regular season with a pair of road games at Minnesota State next weekend. MTU swept the Mavericks, 2-0 and 7-1, at MacInnes in mid-October.
- Following the game, Michigan Tech honored its six seniors — Jordan Foote, Kevin Hachey, Jimmy Kerr, Mark Malekoff, Peter Rouleu and Tyler Shelast.