each week TCHB will be naming its player and team of the week:
Your runners up this week:
The Gophers took a pair from Duluth, including an OT thriller on Friday, but were outshot
in both games (and allowed 50 shots in both games). Though they won them both, which is the most important thing obviously, being outshot 50-16 on Saturday doesn’t scream “dominant performance” to me.
Lake Superior St.
The Lakers swept Michigan State with a pair of one goal wins, holding off a late Sparty charge on Friday and really clamping down on Saturday. Kevin Kapalka made 33 saves Friday and 21 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs got back to back shutout wins over a talented RPI team to move to 4-0 on the season.
And your winner:Michigan Tech
Don’t look now, but your Michigan Tech Huskies are tied for first in the WCHA. Last year the Huskies won four total games. This year they are 4-0. Last year they won two conference games. This year they are 2-0 in WCHA play.
It hasn’t been a banner decade for Michigan Tech hockey, but Mel Pearson seemingly has the team on track. Two Seniors lead the team in scoring, but it’s been the youngsters who are leading the charge. Freshman and New Jersey draftee Blake Pietila has 2 goals and 4 points in his first 4 college games, and also leads the team with 20 shots on goal. Freshman Tanner Kero also has 2 goals, and Freshman defenseman Riley Sweeney has 3 points in 4 games.
Tech goes to Bemidji next weekend and has at least a decent chance at moving to 4-0 in WCHA play.