Michigan Tech Brushes Off UAA, 5-1 Friday Night

The Seawolves struggled to match the Huskies speed in the first period and spent very little time in the Huskies zone.  The Seawolves were called for a kneeing penalty midway through the period that lead to a MTU power play goal. Seawolf goaltender Olivier Mantha initially blocked Husky captain Blake Pietila’s slap shot, but the puck was redirected to forward Malcolm Gould’s stick, who fielded it and slapped it back on net for the score.

Refs called another penalty on the Seawolves only a couple minutes later, this time for tripping, and Husky defenseman Shane Hanna scored his fifth goal of the season on the ensuing power play. At the end of the first period, the Seawolves had as many shots on net as the Huskies did goals: 2.

The second period started out seemingly promising for the home team, but soon turned into the Huskies’ favor. The Seawolves were on the power play for a significant portion of the period after Husky David Johnstone was ejected from the game near the end of the first period.

The Huskies went on to score three even-strength goals in the second and pushed their lead to 5, forging the biggest advantage the Huskies would have in the game. Sophomores Mike Neville and Tyler Heinonen of Michigan Tech each scored a goal, while Hanna buried his second of the night at 7:28 in the third.

Seawolf forward Blake Tatchell cut into the Huskies’ lead in the third period, but only by one score. The Saskatchewan native collected a pass in the slot flanked by Husky defenders and was able fire a clean shot on net that beat Huskies’ Phillips.

Jared D’Amico took over goaltending duties for the Seawolves after Mantha let four in by 11:22 minutes in the second. Mantha faced 21 shots during that stretch.  Despite the change in net, the Seawolves were unable to spark a sustained offensive attack and even out the score.