THIS WEEKEND’S SERIES
• Michigan Tech opens the New 12 months internet hosting Alabama Huntsville on January 2-3 to start convention play.
• It is going to be the primary of two conferences between the 2 groups. Tech travels south on February 5-6.
• The puck drops at 4:07 p.m. Saturday and a couple of:07 p.m. Sunday on the John MacInnes Scholar Ice Enviornment.
ON THE RADIO
• Combine 93.5 FM WKMJ broadcasts all Michigan Tech hockey video games. Followers can pay attention dwell on the radio at Combine 93.5 FM WKMJ, on-line at TheMix93.com or Pasty.com, or through the use of your favourite radio streaming app.
• Dirk Hembroff will name all of the motion in his nineteenth 12 months behind the microphone.
• All Michigan Tech hockey video games throughout the 2020-21 season might be live-streamed on FloHockey.television.
• Followers should buy both annual ($150) or month-to-month ($29.99) subscriptions and could have entry to all WCHA video games together with the total Atlantic Hockey schedule and choose Huge Ten Convention hockey video games.
• The subscription additionally contains all the WCHA Playoffs.
• Obtain the FloSports app right now on Apple TV, Amazon Fireplace TV, Roku, and the App Retailer.
WCHA DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Colin Swoyer is the WCHA Defenseman of the Week for the second straight week and third time in his profession. He led WCHA defensemen with two assists on the weekend after registering a pair Friday. Swoyer was second amongst WCHA blueliners with six blocked pictures on the weekend and helped the Huskies penalty kill go 4-for-4.
• Tech is 17-3-2 all-time in opposition to Alabama Huntsville.
• The Huskies are 9-2-1 in opposition to the Chargers in Houghton.
LAST SEASON’S MEETING
• The groups break up their solely assembly final season in Alabama. Tech gained 4-1 Friday and misplaced 3-1 Saturday.
• Tech scored 4 targets within the third within the first sport to take a commanding lead. Ray Brice, Parker Saretsky, Brian Halonen, and Logan Pietila scored.
• Tommy Parrottino scored in Saturday’s loss.
• Mark Sinclair had 40 saves Friday and 29 Saturday because the UAH goaltender.
SCOUTING THE CHARGERS
• Alabama Huntsville is 0-3-1 this season. The Chargers have performed Robert Morris and Lake Superior State. They tied with the Lakers on Dec. 5 within the Soo.
• The Chargers have been picked tenth in each WCHA Preseason Polls.
• Head coach Lance West is in his first season main UAH.
• Freshman ahead Tyrone Bronte leads the workforce with 4 factors on a aim and three assists. Junior forwards Bauer Neudecker and Tyr Thompson have every scored two targets. Three completely different goaltenders have performed.
Tech added Tristan Ashbrook to the 2020-21 roster as a switch from RPI. Ashbrook is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound centerman from Manistique, Michigan. He performed in all 34 video games for RPI as a freshman final 12 months and tallied 13 factors with 9 targets and 4 assists. Ashbrook performed two seasons with the Lincoln Stars within the USHL earlier than school. He was an alternate captain in 2018-19 and had 52 factors in 109 profession video games for the Stars.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
• Joe Shawhan gained his sixtieth sport on December 18 in opposition to NMU.
• Trenton Bliss tallied his fiftieth profession level in opposition to NMU. He has 21 targets and 29 assists in 81 video games.
• Blake Pietila is sixth within the nation with a .955 save share. He’s seventh with a 1.43 goals-against common and profitable share (800).
• Tech’s penalty kill ranks third within the nation at 95 %. The Huskies have allowed just one aim on 20 kills.
• Tech’s protection is permitting 2.12 targets per sport to rank seventh within the nation.
• Justin Misiak is second within the nation in video games performed with 127.
• Mark Sinclair entered the season fourth within the nation in profession saves with 1,967.
• Tech is third in returning aim share (83 %) and returning factors (80 %).
• The Huskies return 8 of their high 9 scorers from final season.
• Tech is fifth within the nation in returning targets (86) and seventh in returning factors (220).
LAST TIME OUT
• Michigan Tech picked up its first sweep of the season with a 4-3 additional time win and 3-1 victory over Northern Michigan. Tech gained its fifth straight sport on the Berry Occasions Middle and has probably the most consecutive highway wins in a row in sequence historical past.
• The Huskies have gained three straight and improved to 4-3-1 going into the Vacation break.
• Brian Halonen scored the game-winning aim every evening in opposition to NMU. He scored in additional time Friday and early within the third interval Saturday.
• Tommy Parrottino scored a aim in each video games in opposition to the Wildcats.
• Trenton Bliss had 4 factors within the sequence with a aim and two assists Friday and an help Saturday. Bliss is on a four-game level streak with three targets and 4 assists over the span.
• Blake Pietila earned his third win in a row with 31 saves Friday and 21 Saturday.
• Joe Shawhan gained his sixtieth sport as head coach of the Huskies Friday. He’s 61-55-12 general in his fourth season.
100 YEAR UNIFORMS
• Michigan Tech will have fun 100 years of hockey over the following two seasons.
• The Huskies will put on particular jerseys at choose video games to commemorate the anniversary. The design was impressed by the uniforms worn by the 1926-27 Michigan Faculty of Mining & Know-how Huskies.
• The 1926-27 workforce solely performed six video games and went 5-1 with wins over Notre Dame and Marquette College and a break up at Michigan.
• The 1926-27 season was the primary one as Huskies.
WCHA PRESEASON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Carson Bantle was named the WCHA Preseason Media Rookie of the 12 months. He additionally had a pair of votes from the coaches for the consideration.
• Bantle was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes within the fifth spherical of the 2020 NHL Draft in early October. He was the captain of the Madison Capitols within the USHL final 12 months and had 49 factors in 49 video games.
• The Hockey Information highlighted 100 NCAA gamers to observe in 2020-21 and Bantle is No. 56.
NHL DRAFT PICK
• Carson Bantle turned the 82nd Husky picked within the NHL Draft on October 7, 2020.
• The Arizona Coyotes picked Bantle with the 142nd choose within the fifth spherical.
• Bantle’s fifth-round choose was the best for a Husky since Jujhar Khaira’s third-round choice in 2012.
• Matt Roy was the final Husky chosen within the NHL Draft in 2015.
• Bantle was the 1,114th participant from a WCHA college to be chosen for the reason that Draft’s inception in 1963.
• Head coach Joe Shawhan is in his fourth season behind the bench. His 22 wins in his first season tied for probably the most ever by a Michigan Tech coach. Jim Nahrgang gained 22 video games in 1982-83.
• Shawhan was employed on Might 30, 2017, after serving as an assistant coach for the Huskies over the earlier three seasons.
• Joe Shawhan gained his fiftieth sport as head coach of the Huskies on January 24, 2020, with a 2-1 victory over Ferris State.
• Trenton Bliss, Alec Broetzman, and Colin Swoyer all acquired votes for Preseason All-WCHA. Broetzman and Bliss led the Huskies with 27 factors every final season. Swoyer led the workforce with 17 assists.
• Trenton Bliss additionally had one vote every from the coaches and the media for WCHA Preseason Participant of the 12 months.
• Jed Pietila acquired a vote for Preseason Rookie of the 12 months from the media.
• Tyler Rockwell – Father John performed goaltender for the Huskies from 1975-79.
• Cooper Watson – Older brother Cliff was a two-time workforce captain in his four-year profession from 2013-17.
• Blake and Logan Pietila – Twin brothers with quite a few cousins who’ve performed for the Huskies
• Jed Pietila is a second cousin to Blake and Logan Pietila and grew up as neighbors.
• Brian Halonen and David Raisanen – Brian’s father and David’s mom are brother and sister from Calumet. Halonen’s first cousins Blake, Chad, and Aaron Pietila from his mom’s aspect additionally performed for the Huskies.
IN THE PRESEASON WCHA POLLS
• Tech was chosen fourth in WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Ballot and fifth within the Media Ballot.
• Tech completed the 2019-20 season with a 21-15-3 general file, profitable 20 video games for the sixth time within the final seven seasons. The Huskies have been 14-12-2-0 within the WCHA and positioned sixth within the last standings with 44 factors.
Tech returns 21 gamers from final season with 13 forwards, 7 defensemen, and a goaltender.
Mark Sinclair transferred to Michigan Tech from Alabama Huntsville within the offseason. He ranked second within the WCHA with 971 saves in 2019-20. He made 40 saves in seven video games final season with a career-high 54 save efficiency in opposition to Bowling Inexperienced (Feb. 28). Sinclair was twice named WCHA Goaltender of the Week throughout the 2018-19 season.
Tech has seven freshmen on the roster. The category consists of goaltender Cayden Bailey, defensemen Jed Pietila and Brett Thorne, and forwards Carson Bantle, Arvid Caderoth, Nick Nardella, and Blais Richartz.
JOE SHAWHAN HOUR
• The Joe Shawhan Hour will be heard each Monday morning at 10 a.m. on Combine 93.5 FM WKMJ.
• Host Dirk Hembroff and Coach Shawhan discuss in regards to the earlier weekend and the upcoming matchup.
• Followers can pay attention dwell to the Joe Shawhan Hour on the radio at Combine 93.5 FM WKMJ, on-line at TheMix93.com or Pasty.com, or through the use of your favourite radio streaming app. The present may even be posted for on-demand listeners at MichiganTechHuskies.com.
• Tech completed with a 21-15-3 general file, profitable 20 video games for the sixth time within the final seven seasons.
• The Huskies have been 14-12-2-0 within the WCHA.
• Because the No. 6 seed, Tech swept Northern Michigan within the first spherical of the WCHA Playoffs. The WCHA Semifinals at Minnesota State was canceled resulting from COVID-19.
• Tech led the nation with 14 highway wins and 16 whole wins away from residence.
• Tech gained the fifty fifth Nice Lakes Invitational at Little Caesars Enviornment on New 12 months’s Eve. The Huskies defeated Michigan State and Michigan for the primary time in match historical past en path to their eleventh title all-time and the primary one since 2012.
• Michigan Tech led the nation with 5 hat methods.
• Tech was second within the nation with 39 video games performed.