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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Michigan Tech swept away in Denver

By Andy Bourdeau/Michigan Tech Beat Writer

Michigan Tech scored three goals on Friday night, the first time they scored three or more since October 31, but it was not enough as they lost 4-3 in overtime to Denver. The Huskies scored one more on Saturday, losing 3-1.

The four goals scored on the weekend was the highest output since scoring four in mid-November against Minnesota State.

Derek Kitti notched his first goal of the season in the first period Friday night, beating the Denver netminder high stick side. MTU continued to carry the play for the remainder of the first period.

DU answered in the second, only for Tech to answer five minutes later, MTU took the lead again, when Jordan Baker found a streaking Alex Gagne on the doorstep, and Gagne tapped it in. Denver tied it up, closing out the second period, 2-2.

In the third, DU scored seven minutes in and held the lead until the final minute. Geoff Kinrade (pictured) scored as Rob Nolan was heading to the bench. The game looked as if it were to end in a tie, but DU beat Nolan with only 16 seconds remaining in OT to get the win.

Nolan ended the night with 30 saves.

"We had a lot of scoring chances," said MTU head coach Jamie Russell. "We were solid defensively and Robbie played great in net."

Good enough for Nolan to get the start both nights, playing solid on Saturday as well. This night was started by DU, but Kinrade was able to tie it at 1-all when his shot was tipped and found its way to the back of the net. DU got one in the second and then were able to put in an empty-netter when Nolan was pulled for the extra attacker.

Russell was pleased with the performance, stating, "We played a solid game tonight, did a good job on special teams, holding them scoreless and scoring one power-play goal of our own."

Nolan ended the game with 35 saves.

Michigan Tech (5-17-2, 1-13-2 WCHA) will host North Dakota for a two game series this upcoming weekend.

Photo courtesy Michigan Tech Athletics

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