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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MTU off to best start in almost 40 years

By Andy Bourdeau/MTU Beat Writer

Michigan Tech continued its unbeaten streak, raising it now to five games. This is the best start for the Huskies since 1972. Behind another weekend of offensive production, MTU won 5-2 and tied 5-5 on the weekend against the visiting Minnesota State Mavericks.

Jamie Russell is very happy with the start, but wanted everyone to know that is a long season, saying, "It's a great start, but its only a start. We have a long way to go."

Tech rode the solid play of Kevin Genoe in net to gain the win on Friday night and then saw Genoe come in for Josh Robinson on Saturday to help the Huskies get the tie. Genoe ended the weekend with both first stars and 76 saves.

Friday, MTU took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, with goals from Dennis Rix and Eric Kattelus.

Tech added two more late in the second to take a 4-2 lead into the final frame, this time off of the stick of Steven Siego and Brett Olson.

In the final period, MTU put in an empty-netter from Alex MacLeod.

Saturday was another strong start for the Huskies, but this time it was short-lived, as they went into the first intermission down, 3-2 after taking a quick 2-0 lead. Goals from Mikael Licktieg and MacLeod (shorthanded) put the Huskies up, but Robinson let in 3 goals before being replaced.

Jacob Johnstone and MacLeod scored in the second, along with one from Minnesota State to even the score at 4-all going into the third. Here, MTU would strike first with Siego netting his second of the weekend. A few minutes later, the Mavericks tied it up.

Neither team would find the back of the net again, although both teams had chances.

MTU (3-0-2, WCHA 1-0-1) takes the weekend off, then travels to Wisconsin for a WCHA battle in two weeks.

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