Michigan Tech's series with St. Lawrence this past weekend had two very different storylines.
The Huskies showed a lot of grit in the series opener on Friday. Tech battled back from deficits twice in the contest.
Freshman forward Ryan Furne's seventh goal of the season leveled the score at 2. The Saints then scored the next two goals to go in front 4-2.
But the Huskies weren't done. Milos Gordic and Dennis Rix scored before the end of the second to tie things up again at 4.
Neither team scored in the third period or the overtime session and the game ended 4-4. It was the first point for the Huskies since early October.
Tech's power play accounted for two of the four goals it scored. The Huskies, who have had one of the better power plays in the country this season, have now scored 20 goals with the man advantage.
"I thought we played a very good game Friday," Tech coach Jamie Russell said. "The scoring chances were 13-6, battled back being down two goals.
"I thought the power play was certainly clicking. We played a good game on Friday night."
But as well as Tech played in the lidlifter, it played that poorly in game two. The Huskies were never in the game.
St. Lawrence roared out of the gate and scored two goals in the first period. The Saints then added four more over the final 40 minutes to finish off a 6-0 rout.
Tech had no answer for St. Lawrence's top line of Aaron Bogosian, Greg Carey and Kyle Flanagan. The three combined for 11 points in the contest.
The loss may have been one of the most devastating for Tech all season. But despite the one-sided loss, Russell was not about to point fingers.
"People are upset that we're not getting results and I understand that," Russell said. "I'm not going to make excuses, but if people want to be upset they can be upset with me.
"I won't throw my players under the bus. I won't throw my assistants under the bus. I won't throw our training staff under the bus, so if they (the fans) want to be upset, they can be upset with me."
Injuries keep piling up
The Huskies may have lost four more players to injury in the St. Lawrence series. Gordic, Aaron Pietila, Mikael Lickteig and one of Tech's top four defensemen are doubtful for this weekend's series with Duluth.
"It's been absurd, the volume and the severity of the injuries," Russell said. "We've looked at everything from how we practice to how we train. I don't think you can plan or prevent broken fingers, broken ankles, fractures.
"If you have issues with pulled hamstrings, groin injuries, abdomens, lower back, then maybe it's something you're doing in your training. Those aren't the injuries we've had. We haven't had minor injuries.
"We had injuries that have cost players seasons. We had injuries that have cost players nine or 10 weeks, and as a young team, that's difficult to recover from."