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Tuesday December 18, 2018
Michigan Tech Gets Four Points In Sault Ste. Marie

This story is courtesy of Michigan Tech Athletics

The No. 13-ranked Michigan Tech hockey team tied Lake Superior State 2-2 Saturday night to remain unbeaten in the last 12 games against the Lakers. Jake Lucchiniscored in the fourth round of the shootout to give Tech the extra WCHA point after a 5-on-5 overtime and a 3-on-3 overtime.

The Huskies are unbeaten in their last four games and are 3-1-1 overall and 1-0-1-1 in the WCHA. LSSU is 1-2-1 on the season and 0-1-1-0 in league play.

"I'm pleased with the work ethic and execution, so I can live with the result," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "To get two points out of it is huge. We all know how important those points are at the end of the season."

Tech got behind 1-0 on a goal by J.T. Henke 8:30 into the game.

Joel L'Esperance tied it up just over 7:00 later on the power play, scoring his fourth of the season. Mark Auk fed it up the ice and L'Esperance made a beautiful move to get by his defender and roofed the puck into the back of the net. Mitch Reinke added the secondary assist.

Alex Gillies put Tech in front with 2:38 left on the first period clock for his first of the season. His first shot was saved but he had two chances on the rebound and the third attempt made its way under LSSU goaltender Mareks Mitens. Seamus Donohue and Reinke assisted on the tally.

There wasn't any scoring in the second period as the Huskies made a pair of defensive plays. Donohue lifted the stick of Diego Cuglietta 13:00 in at the front of the crease, and Patrick Munson tipped away a breakaway shot by Jake Hand 2:00 later.

LSSU thought they tied the game 4:11 into the third, but officials reviewed the play and saw that the puck hit the crossbar and then the post and never crossed the goal line.

The Huskies then killed off the first of two crucial 5-on-3 penalties in the third, before Anthony Nellis did knot it up at the 8:44 mark. He scored on a rebound from Henke and Kyle Chatham.

L'Esperance was looking for the game winner with 7:00 left but his shot hit the post on a 2-on-1 with Jake Lucchini.

Both teams had power plays down the stretch. LSSU had 42 seconds of 5-on-3 that the Huskies killed off and then Tech had a power play with 3:39 remaining in regulation.

Mitens stood tall down the stretch, finishing with 40 saves in the game.

"We had a pretty good penalty kill session before the game," added Shawhan. "It's a work in progress. We used a lot of guys in those situations, and I was really proud of the effort on that and that was what I told them after the game."

In the first overtime, Raymond Brice had the best scoring chances. He had a quick shot as he spun around 2:00 in and then hit the post with 45 seconds left. Tech outshot LSSU 6-2 in the 5-on-5 frame.

L'Esperance drew a penalty as he was hooked on a breakaway during the 3-on-3. An LSSU defender covered the puck in the crease moments later resulting in a penalty shot for Tech. Auk patiently walked in and took backhand shot that was steered away by Mitens.

In the shootout, Reinke, Auk, and Jake Jackson all had attempts before Lucchini finally put a puck past Mitens in the fourth round. Max Humitz never got a shot off in the Lakers' final attempt as Munson added two saves.

Tech outshot LSSU 42-25 with 17 in the first, nine in the second, 10 in the third and six in overtime. LSSU was called for six minors and the Huskies five. Tech was 1-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.


The No. 13-ranked Michigan Tech hockey team scored two goals 53 seconds apart in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and defeat Lake Superior State 4-2 at Taffy Abel Arena Friday. It was WCHA opener for both team and the Huskies' third win in a row.

"It's great to get that first league win, especially on the road," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "It's not an easy place to play, and Lake State's going to beat a lot of teams this year. Hopefully tomorrow night we can come out even better."

After LSSU tied it up 4:51 into the third period, Gavin Gould scored his second of the night, and third of the season, to put the Huskies on top 3-2. He pulled the puck off the sidewall and carried it on top of the zone before firing in a wrist shot over the blocker of Nick Kossoff. Joel L'Esperance assisted on the goal.

Moments later, Greyson Reitmeier buried his first career goal to make it 4-2 as his shot slipped under Kossoff with 11:41 remaining. Mitch Reinke carried the puck up, deked a defender at center ice, and hit Reitmeier streaking into the zone. Seamus Donohue added the secondary assist for his first collegiate point.

The Lakers made it a 4-3 game as Brayden Gelsinger scored on the power play with 2:22 left.

LSSU (1-2, 0-1 WCHA) pulled Kossoff and added the extra attacker with 1:46 remaining, but the Huskies iced the puck three times and allowed only one shot to get to goaltender Patrick Munson in the final moments.

Tech outshot LSSU 30-24 in the game. Munson had 21 saves for Tech and Kossoff had 26 for the home team.

Gould opened the game's scoring 65 seconds after puck drop as he put in a rebound after a long shot by Mark Auk. Birks was credited with the second assist, and Jake Lucchini started the play by winning the faceoff back to Birks.

Jake Jackson made it 2-0 Huskies with a power play goal with 44 seconds left in the first period. Jackson used his speed to get by his defender and slip it under Kossoff as Birks fed him streaking into the zone. Keegan Ford added the second assist.

LSSU got on the board with a power play goal by Max Humitz 16:25 into the second.

Anthony Nellis tied the game up in the third period before Tech scored the final two goals.

Tech was whistled for three penalties and the Lakers had two. The Huskies were 1-for-2 on the man advantage and 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.

"I think 5-on-5 we executed well," added Shawhan. "Their power play is good. It was really good last year and it's really good again this year. They played their best players a lot tonight and hopefully that pays some dividends for us tomorrow."

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