Blake Pietila named CCHA Goaltender of the Week

Michigan Tech goaltender Blake Pietila tracks a rebound during a game against Boston University Saturday, Jan. 7, at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Michigan Tech University)

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech senior Blake Pietila has been named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week for the second straight time the league announced on Monday. Pietila received the honor for the fifth time this season and for the 12th time in his career.

Pietila backstopped the Huskies to a CCHA sweep of rival Northern Michigan over the weekend. He tied his single-season school record with his seventh shutout of the season Friday and extended his school record with his 17th career shutout. Pietila made 20 saves Friday in the 3-0 win and 26 saves in the 4-1 victory Saturday. The Huskies went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. He leads the nation in shutouts, is third in save percentage, and seventh in goals-against average.

Michigan Tech is ranked No. 12 in this week’s DCU/USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Huskies are 18-7-4 overall and 11-5-4 in the CCHA. The No. 12 ranking is the highest for Michigan Tech since March 14, 2016.

The Huskies hit the road for a CCHA series at Bemidji State. The Huskies and Beavers will meet at 8:07 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford Center.


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