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Huskies visit Alabama Huntsville in midst of road trip

(Photo Illustration by Adam Niemi/The Daily Mining Gazette; David Archambeau/Photo for The Daily Mining Gazette)

If there’s one clue in the future as to how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted college sports, Michigan Tech’s hockey schedule could someday be it.

Playing a Friday-Saturday or an occasional Saturday-Sunday series as is typically done in college hockey is out the window this season as schools across the country look to make the most of a condensed schedule.

The Huskies (8-5-1), coming off a 6-4 win at Ferris State on Tuesday, visit Alabama Huntsville (2-5-1) today and Saturday for a weekend series before visiting Ferris State again on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The hectic schedule brings with it hectic travel.

The Huskies flew to Bowling Green for their Jan. 29-30 series against the Falcons. Tech flew to Huntsville, Ala., on Wednesday and plan to bus back for Tuesday’s game at Ferris State and then Houghton.

Puck drop is 8:07 p.m. Friday and 6:07 p.m. Saturday at the Von Braun Center.

Tech swept the Chargers in a Jan. 2-3 series by 4-0 and 2-1 games at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

And if there’s another clue as to how difficult it’s been to play consistently this season, the Chargers’ schedule qualifies. Alabama Huntsville’s last six games have been postponed. The Chargers’ last action was a sweep at home against Ferris State on Jan. 8-9.

The Huskies will continue to look for offense from junior captain Alec Broetzman and junior Trenton Bliss, both of whom scored in Tuesday’s win at Ferris State.

Bliss leads the team with seven goals and 15 points. Broetzman is second with 12 points including six goals.

Blake Pietila got the win in goal Tuesday, making 15 saves. Pietila is sixth in the country with a .938 save percentage.

Pietila is also ninth in the country with a 1.83 goals-against average.

Michigan Tech’s next home games are Feb. 12-13 against Ferris State.

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