Michigan Tech just can't catch a break. The Huskies played well in both games of their Winter Carnival series with Bemidji State this past weekend. But Tech came away with just one point after a 2-2 tie in the opener Friday and a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in the finale.
Tech had an outstanding weekend killing penalties. The Huskies held the Beavers scoreless in five shorthanded situations.
"I thought this past weekend both teams were sharp on the penalty kill," Tech coach Jamie Russell said. "To hold a team O-for on the weekend was good on our part.
"I thought our PK did a great job."
Goaltender Kevin Genoe had another solid series for Tech. Genoe, who stopped 63 of 66 shots and saw his goals-against average drop to 3.60, made a number of those saves while the Huskies were a man down.
"You're going to give up some shots on the penalty kill, and you not only need your goalie not only to make the saves but have strong rebounds," Russell said. "If he can control the rebound, he can smother the puck and we can get fresh troops out there.
"That's the difference between a 1:30, a 1:40 stretch in your own end and where maybe you're 40 seconds and you can get new guys out there."
Offensively, Milos Gordic added to his team-leading goal total (13) Friday. Gordic was set up by fellow freshmen Ryan Furne and Jacob Johnstone.
Johnstone was one of Tech's better players all weekend. He logged plenty of ice time in the two games after center Brett Olson went down in the first period of game one and did not return for the rest of the series.
"Prior to this weekend, last few weeks he's been nursing a pretty significant injury and hasn't really had the skating legs," Russell said of Johnstone. "He hasn't had full weeks of practice.
"He's been playing hurt and I think that hampered his skating a little bit. He was much stronger and closer to 100 percent this (past) weekend. He got elevated up to the No. 1 line with Furne and Milos and I thought he did a great job five-on-five and on special teams as well."
Another freshman, Patrick McCadden, also chipped in on the weekend. McCadden scored his second goal of the season in the second period Friday to level the score at 1.
"Any time a player scores it's great for his confidence and Patrick does a lot of the little things on our team," Russell said of McCadden. "He won 20 out of 29 faceoffs Friday night.
"He took all our important draws. He's very responsible defensively. I thought him and (Tyler) Gubb all weekend really demonstrated great work ethic."
K.D. Warvie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.