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College Hockey: Huskies beat Alaska Saturday to earn weekend series split

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Michigan Tech hockey team earned a WCHA split Saturday with a 2-1 win at Alaska.

Eric Gotz and Raymond Brice scored and Matt Jurusik had 16 saves to lift the Huskies to victory in the final road game of 2019.

“We played pretty well in a lot of areas tonight,” Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. “Our power play movement was good all night, and we stayed out of the box with good discipline. We also got back to our defensive structure.”

Gotz scored for the second time in the last three games with a power-play tally 10:23 into the first period. Trenton Bliss had a cross-ice feed to Gotz who quickly snapped in his third goal of the season. Seamus Donohue also assisted.

Alaska (9-9, 7-5 WCHA) tied it up 1:24 into the second period on a goal by Steven Jandric. Markus Komuls and Chris Jandric assisted on the Nanooks’ only goal of the game.

Both teams had chances to take the lead later in the second. Bliss hit the post and then Matt Jurusik had a big save on a breakaway chance for Alaska.

Brice gave the Huskies (8-7, 6-6) the lead back with 5:41 left in the second with his second of the season and second in the last three games.

Similar to his goal at Northern Michigan a week ago, he took a shot from the edge of the faceoff circle that redirected off the defenseman out front and in. Brian Halonen assisted on the goal.

Donohue hit the post in the third and Alec Broetzman was stopped on a short breakaway later.

Alaska pulled goaltender Anton Martinsson for the extra attacker with 2:40 left but Jurusik stood tall with a pair of saves for his seventh win of the season.

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