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Monday, February 21, 2011

Streak over - MTU upsets No. 4 Denver

By Andy Bourdeau/Michigan Tech Beat Writer

Michigan Tech traveled to No. 4-ranked Denver this past weekend, hoping to get their first win since October, and it happened Friday night behind the pads of Kevin Genoe and the stick of Ryan Furne.

Friday night, Tech took the lead and never trailed as they were able to hold off a strong charge from Denver and win in a 3-2 game. Two shorthanded goals were scored for the Huskies and the other was a first-timer.

Patrick McCadden (player of the game) started the scoring with a shorthanded goal. Then Bryce Reddick scored his first of the year early in the second to make it 2-1. Later in the second, Furne deflected a blue line pass and went in all alone and scored a pretty backhander that would eventually be the game winner.

Genoe and the defense stayed strong and held off when the Pioneers added the extra attacker.

“Our guys did a terrific job with the little things, blocking shots and winning face-offs,” said MTU head coach Jamie Russell. “We did a good job staying in our systems. Our young kids showed terrific composure to upset the No. 4 team in the nation."

Saturday started off strong for the Huskies as well, with Furne getting the first goal of the game, but that was all the Huskies could muster, as Denver scored five straight and salvaged a split with the Huskies.

There are now two series left for the Huskies on the year, starting with this upcoming weekend when they travel to Minnesota for a battle with the Gophers.

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