By Andy Bourdeau/Michigan Tech Beat Writer
Michigan Tech headed into the last weekend of the regular season hoping to gain momentum for the upcoming WCHA playoffs and they came away with a split with the No. 18 team in the nation, the Minnesota Golden Gophers, winning Friday night in overtime, 6-5, and losing Saturday, 2-0, at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
Friday night, MTU put up six goals, the first time since scoring seven in Oct. 2007. Junior Drew Dobson notched his first career hat trick, getting two in the second 44 seconds apart and adding his third in the final stanza, which gave the home team a 5-4 lead.
MTU (6-23-7, 2-19-7 WCHA) came of a bye week, and it took them a little time to find their game as by the time the Huskies did, UM had taken a 1-0 lead. Senior Justin St. Louis tied the game when he tipped in an errant-handled puck by Minnesota netminder Alex Kangas.
In the second, Dobson got his first goal, taking a pass from Jordan Baker and finding the back of the net. It was on the same shift when Dobson tipped in his second of the night. Baker was next to strike, giving the Huskies a 4-1 lead.
However, MTU's defense failed them and the Gophers found a way to tie the game by the end of the second.
In the third, Dobson took a pass from Baker again, and scored his third of the night. Minutes later, Minnesota scored and sent the game into overtime, where Deron Cousens won it 2:56 in on a power play.
Josh Robinson finished with 44 saves in the Michigan Tech net.
Saturday night, Rob Nolan made 23 saves in the loss.
The Huskies face top-seeded North Dakota on the road this weekend in a first-round WCHA playoff series.