Michigan Tech opened the season with an exhibition win over Ryerson, 3-1, Saturday night.
The Huskies came out strong, scoring one goal on the first two shifts, getting the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena excited for the home team. Ryerson settled down and played even with MTU the rest of the way.
It was senior captain Malcolm Gwilliam getting the first goal for the Huskies, 19 seconds into the game. The freshman line of Evan Witt, Aaron Pietila and Milos Gordic scored the second goal 28 seconds later when Pietila scored.
Ryerson made a game of it when they scored in the second. MTU goalie Josh Robinson made the initial save, but could not save the rebound. It stayed 2-1 until the third, when Witt was able to knock home a rebound off the stick of Pietila.
The contest was one where special teams were tested. MTU was unable to score, but had good puck movement throughout the chances. Tech was also able to kill all the power-play chances from Ryerson.
Robinson ended the game making 27 of 28 saves.
Michigan Tech head coach Jamie Russell had high praise for Robinson after the game.
" I thought Robinson was terrific," Russell said. "He had a great game for us. I think that bodes well for us in our future."
The Huskies open season play this Friday when they host Northern Michigan as part of the Superior Showcase.