By Tom Balog
The Michigan Tech Huskies (2-4-0, 1-3-0 WCHA) snapped a two-game losing skid and earned their first WCHA win of the season with 4-2 victory over the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Friday night.
Special teams were key for Tech as they scored a pair of extra-man markers and held the conference’s best power-play to a 1-for-5 night.
“Our power play was able to click tonight,” said head coach Jamie Russell. “We had a big kill on the five-on-three.”
The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 nothing lead with first period markers from Alex Gagne and John Kivisto.
Tommy Grant singlehandedly got UAA back in the game with back-to-back markers in the second period.
The two teams skated into the third tied at 2-all, but Deron Cousens' power-play marker and Malcolm Gwilliam's empty-netter put the game on ice for MTU.
Rob Nolan stopped 25 of 27 shots for Tech. Jon Olthuis steered away 22 of 25 for Anchorage.
The Seawolves came out a different team in Saturday’s finale and hung on for 2-1 win.
Josh Lunden and Grant both scored to stake UAA to a 2-0 lead.
Jordan Baker scored MTU’s lone goal on the PP at 12:37 of the third, but it was too little, too late for the Huskies.
Bryce Christianson backstopped a tough Seawolves defense with 29 saves. Nolan stopped 15 for MTU.
The Huskies will now embark on a grueling four-game road trip starting next weekend against Wisconsin and then moving to Minnesota beginning on Nov. 15.