No. 15 Huskies’ top line produces in win over Wildcats

Michigan Tech senior forward Tommy Parrottino (9) celebrates his goal with teammate Trenton Bliss (23) against Northern Michigan on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Houghton, Mich. (David Archambeau/For the Gazette)

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech’s top line overpowered Northern Michigan in a 5-1 win Tuesday.

Trenton Bliss, Tommy Parrottino and Brian Halonen combined for nine points in the No. 15 Huskies’ fifth straight win.

Parrottino had two goals while Bliss and Halonen each had a goal. Bliss had three assists and Parrottino had two assists.

Junior goalie Blake Pietila had an assist on Parrottino’s power-play goal about midway through the second.

“Our whole line has been doing really well since the break. We’re able to create a lot of chances off transition,” Bliss said. “We’re kind of just trying to figure out how we can get sustained offensive pressure. I think we did that really well tonight. We’ve been working a lot on that in practice. I think that’s just big we’ve been playing with each other basically the whole season now. So just kind of that continued chemistry and we’re starting to gel at the right time.”

Pietila also stopped 22 shots for his 15th win of the season. On Wednesday, he was named the CCHA Goaltender of the Month for January.

The Huskies (15-8-1, 11-5 CCHA) got the win Tuesday with an outright shutdown of the Wildcats’ offense. The Wildcats had limited high-quality chances, and the Huskies outshot them 49-23.

“I thought we played a pretty good hockey game and got a little sloppy as well, as could be expected,” Shawhan said. “I think our guys had to find our legs on both teams and get settled in a little bit. Our turnovers I thought were high to start. But I thought we got a really big game out of the Bliss line. I thought we had others on a little bit of a supporting cast. We’re able to get everybody involved in the game. I think everybody got some good minutes.”

Michigan Tech’s offensive attack sprang from all areas of the ice, a daunting task for Wildcats goaltender Charlie Glockner, appearing in his eighth game of the season. Tuesday’s five goals was the most he’s allowed in a game this season. He stopped 44 shots and fell to 1-2 overall.

The Wildcats (14-11-1) offense was mostly kept from the slot, and Pietila thwarted the few opportunities from in close.

The win gives Michigan Tech momentum going into the weekend against fledgling Division I CCHA foe St. Thomas. The Tommies (2-24, 2-18) had last weekend off.


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