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Sunday, March 15, 2009

MTU's season comes to an end

by Andy Bourdeau/Michigan Tech Beat Writer

Michigan Tech traveled to North Dakota for the opening round of the WCHA playoffs and could not continue their season, losing 5-1 and 4-3 to the Fighting Sioux.

Friday night was dominated by North Dakota, as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead and took that into the third. Alex MacLeod scored for the Huskies at the six-minute mark in the third and that was all MTU could muster, as UND added two other goals, including a shorthanded goal that sealed the deal for the Sioux.

Rob Nolan started in net and saved 26 shots before being replaced in the third. Josh Robinson came in and stopped all five shots he faced.

Saturday, it was MacLeod again getting on the board for the Huskies and they actually took the 1-0 lead into the second period. Then it was UND's Ryan Duncan that scored the natural hat trick in a three-minute span. When things settled down, MTU was able to get a goal by the team's leading goal-getter, Jordan Baker, and this made the game 3-2 as they went into the third.

UND took a two-goal lead early in the third, but Drew Dobson was able to bring it back within one. MTU pulled Nolan with just under two minutes to go, but were unable to get the equalizer.

Nolan ended the game with five saves, while Robinson ended with 10 saves.

"I thought we played 60 minutes tonight. Last night I was happy with the first, but then things got away from us," said head coach Jamie Russell. "I thought we came out and laid it all on the line."

Michigan Tech ended the season 6-25-7, and will look to turn things around in 2009-2010 season.

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