Nanooks sweep Huskies with 2-1 win Saturday
HOUGHTON – Alaska scored first and had the last laugh with a 2-1 win Saturday in a weekend sweep over Michigan Tech.
The Huskies (2-2, 0-2 WCHA) struggled with the breakout and puck possession as the Nanooks took a 2-0 lead in the second.
For the second straight night, Tech tried to pull off a third period rally and, for the second straight night, failed to do so.
Tech was 0 for 8 on the power play Saturday, after going 0 for 5 on Friday.
Alaska (2-2, 2-0) took the lead five minutes into the first with Tristan Thompson’s slap shot from the blue line, with assists from Roberts Kalkis and Kyle Marino.
The Nanooks’ Chris Jandric scored four minutes into the second period, with assists from Antti Virtanen and Marino.
Michigan Tech head coach Joe Shawhan changed goaltenders, replacing starter Matt Jurusik with Robbie Beydoun. Jurusik stopped 12 shots and Beydoun stopped seven.
Michigan Tech answered later in the second with a shorthanded goal by Logan Pietila, his first as a Husky. An Alaska defender stumbled and lost control of the puck and Pietila took it in for a breakaway and deked to his backhand and flicked it past Nanooks goaltender Gustavs Grigals with seven minutes to go.
Grigals finished with 23 saves on 24 shots.
Both teams combined for 19 infractions and 60 penalty minutes.
Michigan Tech’s Trenton Bliss was given a game misconduct and a five-minute major for spearing late in the third period. Alaska’s Max Newton was given a game misconduct for contact to the head, with a blow to Brian Halonen after the end of the second period. Halonen took a pass as time expired and shot the puck into the Nanooks net. Newton came from behind the net and hit Halonen in the back of the head.
Michigan Tech is off next weekend and visits Bowling Green on Oct. 25-26. The Huskies’ next home games are Nov. 8-9 against Minnesota State.
Alaska visits Penn State University next weekend.
Alaska 1 1 0 – 2
MTU 0 1 0 – 1
First Period-1, Alaska, Thompson (Kalkis, Marino), 5:18. Penalties-Alaska, Leiter (slashing), 8:27. MTU, Halonen (holding), 10:19. MTU, Lipe (tripping), 10:45. Alaska, Komuls (interference), 13:43. Alaska, Van Tetering (slashing), 19:07.
Second Period-2, Alaska, C. Jandric (Virtanen, Marino), 4:01. 3, MTU, L. Pietila, short-handed, 13:07. Penalties-MTU, Lipe (slashing), 10:35. MTU, Smith (holding), 12:47. Alaska, Kalkis (roughing), 18:22. Alaska, Young (boarding), 18:33. Alaska, Hope (roughing), 20:00. MTU, Halonen (roughing), 20:00. MTU, Reitmeier (roughing), 20:00. Alaska, Newton (contact to the head), major, 20:00. Alaska, Newton (game misconduct), 20:00.
Third Period-Penalties-Alaska, Virtanen (slashing), 4:08. Alaska, Zohovs (interference), 7:53. MTU, L. Pietila (hooking), 8:52. MTU, Bliss (spearing), major, 17:46. MTU, Bliss, game misconduct, 17:46.
Shots on Goal-Alaska 11-6-4-21. MTU 7-5-12-24.
Power-play opportunities-Alaska 0-6. MTU 0-8.
Goalies-Alaska, Grigals 7-4-12-23. MTU, Jurusik, 2-10-2-12. Beydoun 0-3-4-7.
Referees-Mike Forys, Jordan Lee. Linesmen-Dan Juopperi, Matthew Hampton.