Fri./Sat., Feb. 21/22, 2013 • 7:07 p.m. (ET) • John MacInnes Student Ice Arena (4,466)/ Berry Events Center (4,260)
Michigan Tech (12-16-6, 10-10-4 WCHA) vs Northern Michigan (12-16-2, 10-11-1 WCHA)
Television: Fox UP (Mark Evans, Dave Ellis)
Radio: WKMJ 93.5 FM (Dirk Hembroff)
Video Webcast: americaonesports.com/package_wcha.asp
Audio Webcast: Pasty.net
Live Stats: collegehockeynews.com/schedules/scoreboard.php
Full version of game notes available in pdf.
THE SERIES WITH NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Michigan Tech plays its second home-and-home series of the season against arch rival Northern Michigan this weekend. The teams split the October series with the home team winning each game. The Wildcats hold a 67-50-13 lead in the all-time series with the Huskies. In league games between the teams, NMU holds a slim 33-31-2 mark.
HIETALA TALLIES TWICE
Blake Hietala scored a goal in each game of last weekend's series vs. Alaska. The junior forward tallied off a nice centering pass from Tanner Kero in the second period Friday and added a goal with a deflection of a shot from the point in the third period Saturday. Hietala now has seven goals on the season and 14 total points.
CLIFF WATSON LEADS NATION IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Freshman defenseman Cliff Watson has blocked a nation-leading 90 shots this season—2.65 per game. The next-highest total is 80.
KERO NOTCHES TEAM-LEADING 13TH GOAL
Junior Tanner Kero added to his team lead in goals with his 13th on Saturday. The assistant captain wristed a shot through traffic on the power play in the second period. Kero, who had an assist in Friday's game, extended his point streak to four games. He owns 4-2=6 in the last six games and 13-10=23 in 34 games this season.
POWER PLAY PROGRESS
Michigan Tech has scored at least one power-play goal in six consecutive games. The Huskies went a combined 2-for-8 on the man advantage vs. Alaska last weekend and are 8-for-27 (29.6 percent) over the last six games. Tech's power play has improved from 10.4 percent to 13.7 percent since Jan. 31.
PIETILA STILL ON TOP
Captain Blake Pietila maintains the team point lead with 24 on eight goals and 16 assists. The junior was held off the scoreboard last weekend, but still has 12 points (5g, 7a) in the last eight games.
LEIBINGER BREAKS DRY SPELL
Chris Leibinger notched an assist in both games last weekend and now has a point in three straight games. The freshman defenseman, who broke a 27-game drought with an assist Feb. 7 vs. Alabama Huntsville, now owns 1-4=5 in 33 games this season.
JOHNSTONE WITH 15 POINTS IN 19 GAMES
David Johnstone extended his point streak to five games Friday (Feb. 14) with a power-play goal. It was his 11th point in 11 games since Jan. 1. Johnstone did not score Saturday, but has 9-6=15 in 19 games on the season.
FOUR-GAME WIN STREAK
Michigan Tech had its four-game WCHA winning streak snapped on Friday (Feb. 14). It was the longest league winning streak for the Huskies since Jan. 25-Feb. 7, 1991.
HOME FINALE AND SENIOR NIGHT
The Huskies wrap up their regular season home schedule Friday (Feb. 21) with the game against Northern Michigan. Tech will celebrate Senior Night following the contest by honoring its six seniors—Ryan Furne, Daniel Holmberg, Jacob Johnstone, Dennis Rix, Dan Sova and Brad Stebner—in a ceremony on the ice.
First goals continue to be critical in Tech games. The Huskies are 8-2-3 when scoring the first goal of the game and 4-12-3 when their opponents score first … Michigan Tech owns a 12-12-5 record since Oct. 26 and are .500 in conference play (10-10-4) on the season. The last time the Huskies finished at .500 or better in league play was 1992-93 … The Black and Gold are 53.5 percent successful on faceoffs this season.