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No. 18 Michigan Tech hosts Bemidji State

Michigan Tech sophomore goaltender Blake Pietila (31) makes a save against Lake Superior State senior right wing Yuki Miura (14) on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Houghton, Mich. (David Archambeau/For the Gazette)

The No. 18 Michigan Tech Huskies look to establish another winning streak hosting Bemidji State this weekend.

The Huskies (14-6-1, 4-3) lost 3-1 to Lake Superior State on Tuesday, ending Tech’s six-game win streak.

Bemidji State (7-6-3, 2-3-1) was swept last weekend by Northern Michigan in 5-1 and 3-2 losses.

Puck drop is 7:07 p.m. today and 6:07 p.m. Saturday.

The Huskies and Beavers split at Bemidji State on Dec. 12-13. Huskies freshman Carson Bantle scored his first collegiate goal in the 6-3 loss Dec. 12. Tech sophomore Jake Crespi scored his first career collegiate goal in the Huskies’ 3-0 win the following day.

It’ll be Bemidji State’s first time playing at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena since 2018, a series Tech tied and won. Last year, Tech lost and tied in a road series at Bemidji State.

Michigan Tech had some quality scoring chances against the Lakers on Tuesday, but never got the bounces to go their way. A couple shots trickled inches wide of the post and the Huskies hit the post in the third. A tying goal with 2:04 remaining in the game was disallowed after an official review ruled an offsides as Tech entered the zone on the possession leading to the goal.

The Huskies bring a diversified and consistent offensive attack into the weekend series. In Tuesday’s loss, the Huskies had an even shot distribution across its four lines. The first three lines had at least five shots and the fourth line had three. Huskies defensemen combined for 11 of the total 36 shots.

Seven Huskies have at least 10 points, with junior forward Trenton Bliss leading at 20 points including 10 goals. Twenty-four Huskies players have at least a point.

The Huskies’ offensive structures have empowered the team to spread the scoring, complicating opposing teams’ efforts to shut down the offense by locking in on any one player. As a result, the Huskies have 102 assists on 58 goals, while opponents have combined for 67 assists on 41 goals.

Bemidji State has 65 assists on 45 goals this year.

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