Michigan Tech coach Jamie Russell said in the middle of last week that his Huskies had had their fair share of success playing at Denver.
That his squad found the comfy confines of Magness Arena to their liking. Tech's head man was right on the money.
The Huskies opened the series with one of their best games of the year and went on to defeat the Pioneers 3-2.
"I thought we played a real solid 60 minutes," Russell said of the opener. "That's been a challenge for us with so many freshmen.
"It was a pretty typical game in terms of the third period. It was a tight game. It's a one-goal hockey game and I thought contrary to what we have done in the past, we had good puck movement and made good decisions."
The Huskies broke a 1-1 deadlock with a pair of goals in the second period. Bryce Reddick and Ryan Furne had the goals for Tech.
The goal was the first of two on the weekend for Furne. Reddick's tally was his first of the season.
"His minutes were elevated because we were down to 11 forwards and he stepped up and got a big goal for us," Russell said of Reddick.
But Furne and Reddick weren't the only ones to have solid series. Freshman Patrick McCadden had a goal and an assist on Saturday.
"He had a terrific night on Friday, a shorthanded goal, a shorthanded assist, sending Ryan Furne in on the breakaway," Russell said of McCadden. "He took all our important faceoffs.
"He played against some of the best players in the country in terms of the matchup on the road and I thought he had a very strong game for us."
The Pioneers came back to take the finale 5-1. Denver led just 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes but scored three times over the last 40 minutes to pick up the split.
After holding the Pioneers to just 25 shots on goal in the opener, the Huskies gave up 36 shots in the second game. Denver also netted a power-play tally after being blanked four times with the man advantage Friday.
"I thought our first 10 minutes of the opening period was really strong," Russell said of the finale. "We expected Denver to come out very strong and really try to carry the play.
"We were able to get up 1-0, got a turnover off the forecheck and scored first. Then I thought Denver really cranked it up. They had a lot of shots on the power play in the first and changed things."
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