Michigan Tech returned home to face Minnesota in a two-game series, but it was the away team coming away with two wins, both by the score of 3-2.
Friday, MTU took a two goal lead with two power-play goals, one from Brett Olson and the other from Jordan Baker. At the end of the second, rotating three lines caught up to the Huskies, and they were outplayed in surrendering two goals.
The third started at a 2-2 tied and remainded that way because of the pads of Kevin Genoe, whom was phenomenal in goal for the Huskies. The winning goal came with 26 seconds remaining, when the Gophers batted in a contreverial goal that looked to be batted in with a high stick. Overhead replay could not show conclusive evidence, so the goal counted and MTU was unable to strike back.
Saturday, the teams each managed a goal in the first with MTU's score coming from captain Malcom Gwilliam. UM added two goals in the second and took a 3-1 lead into the third. From there, MTU managed to close with in one when Anthony Schooley slipped one in, but MTU could not get the equalizer even with Genoe on the bench for the extra attacker.
Genoe ended the weekend with 65 saves, 37 and 28, respectively.
Michigan Tech coach Jamie Russell was much happier about this weekends play then the last couple, saying “I think we took a big step this weekend. We were disciplined tonight. I thought we generated a lot of scoring chances.”
MTU (3-13-0, 2-12-0 WCHA) will make the trip to UP rival Northern Michigan Friday night and then will be off until the Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit on Dec. 29-30.
MiCHO will be covering the GLI and will have a live blog, photos and game recaps.