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Sunday, January 17, 2010

MTU winless streak now stands at 15

By Andy Bourdeau / MTU Beat Writer

Michigan Tech's winless streak continued to grow last weekend, as Alaska-Anchorage came into town and swept the Huskies, 6-2 and 5-4. The games were ones that MTU needed in order to start a climb from the WCHA cellar, but the Seawolves were not in a giving mood.

Friday night's game saw the Seawolves jump out to a 2-0 lead, only to have Brett Olson score a shorthanded goal to bring the Huskies to within a goal. UAA scored two in the second and took a 4-1 lead into third. It was Olson who scored his second of the night on the power play, but that was as close as MTU was able to get. UAA ended the night with two empty-net goals.

Saturday, Olson started the scoring, but Anchorage rattled off four unanswered goals, taking a 4-1 lead in the middle of the second. Jordan Baker scored two goals a minute apart in the second to bring the home team within one. Steven Siego scored on at 5-3 to tie the game to end the second tied.

In the final period, UAA scored in the first minute and a half and never looked back. MTU had plenty of chances, but could not capitalize, not even on the 6-on-3 man-advantage they had in the last minute of the game.

Coach Jamie Russell said, "On Friday, we only played 20 minutes of hockey and you are not going to win games when you only play 20 minutes of a 60-minute game.

"Saturday, I thought we played a full 60 minutes. Our defensemen worked together and our offense generated many scoring chances."

Michigan Tech (3-20-1, 2-16-0) will have this coming weekend off before returning to action on the 29th and 30th against Minnesota State.

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