Michigan Tech split their series this past weekend against Ferris State University. Both teams were playing some strong hockey going into this weekend, and both games provided a lot of excitement for both teams.
Game 1 on Friday was a real back and forth affair. Tech jumped out to an early lead on Jake Jackson’s nice goal after a rebound bounced back to him. Then it was all Ferris State until the 3rd, as they scored three quick goals, the last causing coach Shawhan to pull their goalie Munson after a rough play of the puck left the net wide open for Ferris State. In came Robbie Baydoun, who played well for the rest of the game.
Tech tried to fight their way back, as Justin Misiak put one home 23 seconds after the intermission make the score 3-2 Ferris State. Brent Baltus was able to tie it up 9:21 into the third, scoring for his third game in a row, and his fifth of the season. However, it wasn’t quite enough for the Huskies, as Ferris got the game-winning goal as Andrew Dorantes put in a loose puck at the side of the net on the power play at the 14:52 mark, finishing the game with a score of 4-3 Ferris State. Highlights of the game, courtesy of Michigan Tech Hockey are below:
Game 2 was a much better result for the Huskies, as the offense was clicking on all cylinders for the majority of the game. Robbie Beydoun got the nod for his play in the previous night’s game, and he stood tall, only letting one goal past him on 30+ shots, and making some incredible saves. Coach Shawhan had some strong words of praise for Beydoun after his strong play Saturday night. “Robbie did a great job for us in net tonight,” Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. “He gave us a chance when we weren’t firing on all cylinders at the start. He stayed aggressive and strong throughout, and I’m extremely proud and happy for him.” He’s certainly worthy of more starts in my mind for his play this weekend, but let’s get to the goals. Ferris scored late in the first on what was probably Beydoun’s only mistake of the night, as he sort of flubbed the puck when trying to clear it up the ice, turning it over, and finding it in his own net seconds later.
After that, it was all Tech. Alex Gillies tied it up before the end of the first period, scoring his third of the season with 1:46 left in the first. Jake Lucchini gave the home team the lead 11:09 into the second with Gavin Gould and Keegan Ford assisting, giving Lucchini his 4th goal of the season. Smith scored 3:10 later on the power play to make it a two-goal game. For Smith, it was his third of the season and first of two points on the night, stretching his point streak to five games. Dylan Steman added to the lead before the end of the second, putting in his first of the season. Jake Jackson scored for the third game in a row to extend his point streak to six games 3:14 into the third, and put in his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
With the split, Tech is now 8-7-4 overall and 6-6-4-1 in the WCHA, and host LSSU next weekend, which are their last games before the Great Lakes Invitational.