It's getting harder and harder to find the positives for Michigan Tech.
While several players, including the entire freshman class, have had solid first halves, none of their good work has translated into victories over the past several weeks.
Tech's losing streak reached 10 games with a pair of losses to Nebraska Omaha Thursday and Friday night. The Mavericks defeated the Huskies 5-2 on Thursday and 3-1 on Friday.
UNO took control of the opener with three goals in the second period.
The Mavericks then scored two goals in the third period of the finale to break a 1-1 tie and complete the sweep.
"I was impressed with Nebraska," Tech coach Jamie Russell said. "They're a top-10 team, a beautiful building that seats 15,000 people, treated us very well from the standpoint of hosts other than not letting us get some points.
"I thought as a team our effort and determination was outstanding, particularly on the second night Friday. We had three defensemen that were playing hurt that under normal circumstances wouldn't even be playing, but because we're so short they sucked it up and fought through it."
The Huskies also lost another player to injury. Defenseman/ forward Ricky Doriott will be out up to six weeks after being hurt in the opener.
"We lost Ricky Doriott in the first game for six weeks," Russell said. "I thought he was doing a real good job with how well he played forward against Colorado College, so we bumped him up to our second line."
A highlight for Heinonen
Sophomore Pete Heinonen, a native of Hancock, scored his first career goal in a Husky uniform Thursday. Heinonen's goal at the 8:24 mark of the first tied the score at 1.
Heinonen, who joined the team last season due to all the injuries it had incurred, has now played a total of seven games for Tech.
That number should increase over the next several weeks with his improved play.
"With the injuries we have he's (Heinonen) a defenseman we moved up front to play on our fourth line," Russell said. "He's a kid that thinks the game very well.
"He's got very good hockey sense. He's a kid who comes to the rink and works hard. He hasn't played a ton of minutes, but he got an opportunity and was rewarded with a nice goal."
Freshmen keep rolling
Tech's rookies were at it again against UNO. The Husky freshmen had four points on the weekend against the Mavericks.
Milos Gordic scored his eighth goal of the season in the first game. Jacob Johnstone, who assisted on Gordic's tally, had a pair of helpers on the weekend.
"Those kids have had a lot of responsibility thrown their way," Russell said of his freshmen. "Jacob Johnstone is playing really well.
"Ryan Furne is playing really well. It's clear that we missed Milos a ton last year. He's a kid who led the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League) in goals and came to our program and missed all of last year."
K.D. Warvie can be reached at kwarvie@mininggazette. com.