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Monday, November 24, 2008

MTU swept aside by Mavericks

By Andy Bourdeau/Michigan Tech Beat Writer

Michigan Tech has been struggling to score goals and gave four points to the visiting Mavericks from Minnesota State over the weekend. Tech was able to get two goals each night, but it was not enough as they lost 3-2 (OT) and 4-2.

The Huskies jumped out early Friday, getting a goal when Brett Olsen buried the rebound off of an Eric Kattelus shot at the five-minute mark of the first.

The score remained the same until the third, when the Mavs scored two and held that lead until the 19:35 mark, as Kattelus scored with an empty net on the other end to send the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, MTU missed a couple golden oppurtunities and then gave Minnesota State a breakaway that ended the game at 3:58 of the extra session.

"We did not play a simple game," Michigan Tech head coach Jamie Russell commented. "You can't sit on a 1-0 lead. You need to drive to get that second and third goal."

Rob Nolan made 29 saves on the night.

On Saturday, it was the Mavericks that started the game off with a goal within the first four minutes and then added a second before the end of the first.

Jordan Baker scored in the seventh minute of the second to close it to one, but the Mavericks took advantage of another Husky miscue and regained the two-goal lead.

Early in the third, Alex Gagne shot the puck toward the goal and it bounced off two defensemen and found its way to the back of the net. But that was the last the Huskies would have on the weekend. The Mavs added one more and the game ended, 4-2.

Josh Robinson finished with 21 saves for the Huskies (2-9-1, 1-8-1 WCHA).

Michigan Tech will be on the road next weekend as they travel to Minnesota for a non-conference series with Bemijdi State from College Hockey America.

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