Huskies beat Lake Superior State 2-1 for weekend sweep

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Michigan Tech hockey team picked up a WCHA series sweep at Lake Superior State after a 2-1 win Saturday.

Brian Halonen and Trenton Bliss scored the goals and Matt Jurusik stopped 34 shots at Taffy Abel Arena.

Michigan Tech (5-6, 3-5 WCHA) got its first sweep since sweeping Robert Morris to start the season Oct. 5-6. The Huskies beat the Lakers 4-2 on Friday.

“I’m proud of our team,” Michigan Tech head coach Joe Shawhan said. “Lake Superior State is a good hockey team and they played really well. They may have deserved a better fate tonight but goaltending is a part of this game and ours was outstanding tonight. I feel fortunate we were able to come out with a sweep.”

Halonen scored his second of the weekend to give the Huskies the lead 14:37 into the first period. He caught a pass from Colin Swoyer and wristed it past Mareks Mitens. Logan Pietila assisted on Halonen’s fourth of the season.

LSSU (4-10, 2-4 WCHA) quickly tied it up 12 seconds later when Pete Veillette scored from Uki Miura and Lukas Kaelble.

Tech had a chance to regain the lead later in the first when Justin Misiak drove the net. The puck sat at the doorstep for moment and Halonen had a whack at it, but the defense cleared it away.

The Huskies killed off a full 2:00 5-on-3 in the second period and then capitalized on a power-play chance of their own when Bliss scored through traffic for the 2-1 lead. Seamus Donohue and Eric Gotz assisted on the third goal of the weekend for Bliss and his fifth of the season at the 10:04 mark.

The Lakers applied tons of pressure in the third period, racking up 18 shots on goal. Mitens was pulled for the extra attacker with a minute left but Jurusik stood tall. He made six saves in the first and 10 in the second.

“Jurusik was as good as a goaltender can be tonight,” Shawhan added. “Lake Superior forced us into a lot of turnovers but Jurusik was incredible.”

Tech was a perfect 4 for 4 on the penalty kill and went 1 for 4 on the power play after both teams were whistled for four minor penalties.

“Our penalty kill was outstanding again,” Shawhan said. “We got a power-play goal tonight and that was the difference tonight.”

Shots were 35-18 in favor of the Lakers.

Tech hosts rival Northern Michigan on Friday and visits the Wildcats on Saturday.