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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Michigan Tech and Anchorage tie twice

By Andy Bourdeau/Michigan Tech Beat Writer

Michigan Tech and Alaska Anchorage skated to 3-3 ties in both games last weekend as Tech picked up a much-needed two points in rallying both nights.

Friday, MTU came back from a 3-0 deficit to get the tie and Saturday, the Huskies came back from a 2-0 deficit.

MTU's special teams came up big on the weekend, scoring four power-play goals, one shorthanded and did not allow a power-play goal for the Seawolves. It was freshman Brett Olson (pictured) leading the way, with three goals in the series, all power-play goals.

Josh Robinson started in net for the Huskies (5-18-5, 1-14-5) and held the teams to a 0-0 score going into the second period Friday. The Seawolves took a 3-0 lead, which also lead to a change in net for the Huskies. Rob Nolan came in and did not allow another goal the rest of the night.

Jordan Baker got the Huskies on the board when he hammered home a rebound under the pads of the UAA netminder. The Huskies stil came into the third period down, 3-1. Olson added his first goal of the weekend when he was able to bury one halfway through the third.

Baker was whistled for a penalty with 2:15 to go, putting the Huskies down one man, but that did not stop Derek Kitti from tying the game up with under 30 seconds to go.

Saturday, Nolan started in net and saw 14 shots in the first period, stopping all but one. The Huskies were outshot, 14-2, in the first, but they did not let that deter them, as they responded in the second after going down, 2-0.

Olson scored two in the period, both on the power play, ending the period tied at two. Drew Dobson scored his first of the year, giving MTU their first lead of the weekend, but it was short-lived, as UAA scored 50 seconds later.

The teams swapped chances the remainder of the way an in overtime, and ended in a 3-3 tie, the second in as many nights.

Nolan was solid in net all weekend, making 28 saves on Saturday and 13 in relief on Friday. Robinson made 13 saves on Friday.

"We took a good step this weekend," said Michigan Tech head coach Jamie Russell. "There were many positives coming from this weekend. Our special teams played very well, scoring four and not giving up a power-play goal."

The Huskies will have next weekend off to get ready for the Winter Carnival series with Colorado College.

Photo courtesy of MTU Athletics

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