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Monday, February 06, 2012

Michigan Tech takes five of eight on the road

By Andy Bourdeau/Michigan Tech Beat Writer

Michigan Tech (12-12-2, WCHA 10-8-2) has been on the road the last two weeks and weas able to come away with five out of eight points against then No. 1-ranked Minnesota-Duluth and unranked Minnesota State.

MTU shocked UMD, gaining a 4-4 tie and a 5-0 shellacking of the Bulldogs two weekends ago. Tech came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game, dominating the play for five of the six periods over the weekend. MTU shut down the No. 1 scorer in the country for the entire weekend (Jack Connolly) for the first time in three years.

Also, the shutout was the first shutout in 105 WCHA games for UMD.

This past weekend, MTU dug themselves a hole, going down 3-0 again, but was able to tie it up going into the third. David Johnstone, Dennis Rix and Tanner Kero notched goals on Friday for the Huskies.

MTU was not able to score in the third even though the Huskies carried the play. Instead, it was the home team getting two goals and ending any chance for a Husky comeback.

Saturday, MTU surrendered the first goal again, then scored five straight, and ended the night scoring seven. MTU got the win, 7-3, and salvaged a split on the weekend.

Ryan Furne and Brett Olson scored two each, while Alex Macleod, Patrick McCadden and Bryce Reddick scored as well.

"Overall, it was a good road trip," said Michigan Tech coach Mel Pearson. "We were happy with the outcome. You always want more, but overall, the team played well and we did what we needed to on the road. Now we control our own destiny. We need to worry about our games and not get caught scoreboard watching."

Josh Robinson played all four games both weekends in goal and ended up with a 2-1-1 record.

MTU is currently tied for fifth in the WCHA and will host Nebraska-Omaha at home this weekend.

Photo/Matt Mackinder/MiCHO (GLI 2011)

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