PREVIEW: Huskies host Mavericks in top 20 matchup

PREVIEW: Huskies host Mavericks in top 20 matchup

PLAY THIS WEEKEND
• The No. 20 Michigan Tech hosts the Minnesota State No. 10 this weekend at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• The puck falls at 7:07 p.m. on Friday and at 6:07 p.m. on Saturday.
• The Huskies are 8-3-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the CCHA and are currently third in the CCHA standings. MSU is 8-4-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the CCHA.
• The two teams will meet in Mankato on February 24-25 to wrap up the regular season.

ON THE RADIO
• Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ broadcasts all Michigan Tech hockey games.
• Fans can listen live on radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at TheMix93.com or Pasty.com, or use your favorite radio streaming app.
• Dirk Hembroff will be behind the mic at the age of 21.

FLHOCKEY.TV
• All Michigan Tech home and CCHA games during the 2022-23 season will be streamed live on FloHockey.tv.
• Fans can purchase either an annual subscription ($150) or a monthly subscription ($30) and have access to all CCHA games along with the full USHL, Atlantic Hockey and ECHL schedule.
• Download the FloSports app today on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and the App Store.

HUSKIES RANKING
• Michigan Tech is ranked 20th in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
• Tech was also ranked 20th on October 3, receiving votes in all nine USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and DCU/USCHO polls.

CCHA DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
• Brett Thorne is CCHA Defenseman of the Week after leading CCHA by five points last weekend.
• He had a career-high four assists on Friday, including an assist on Kyle Kukkonen’s decisive goal.
• The co-captain added an assist for Saturday’s first goal. Thorne leads Tech defenders with six points in eight games.

CCHA BEGINNERS OF THE WEEK
• Kyle Kukkonen is CCHA Rookie of the Week after picking up three points at St Thomas.
• Kukkonen scored twice on Friday, including the winner on the third period power play, and added an assist to Tech’s first goal on Saturday.
• Kukkonen is second among CCHA rookies with 10 points and second on the team.

LAST WEEKEND
• Michigan Tech swept St. Thomas, Minnesota last weekend.
• The Huskies won 6-2 on Friday and 4-3 on Saturday.
• Kyle Kukkonen scored twice on Friday, with Ryland Mosley and Jack Works scoring each night, while David Jankowski, Jake Crespi, Trevor Russell and Chris Lipe also scored.

TECHNICAL LEADER
• Ryland Mosley leads the Huskies by 15 points and is second in the CCHA.
• Ryland Mosley (7) and Kyle Kukkonen (5) lead the team on goals.
• Kukkonen is second among CCHA rookies with 10 points.

STATEMENT OF THE MAVERICKS
• Minnesota State is 8-4-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the CCHA. The league wins are over Bowling Green, St. Thomas and Northern Michigan.
• The Mavericks have won five of their last six and are tied 3-1 away.
• MSU was the top pick in the CCHA preseason coaching poll after winning 38-6 in an NCAA National Championship Game appearance last season.
• Head coach Mike Hastings is in his 11th season. MSU has competed in seven NCAA tournaments under Hastings.

SERIES INFO
• Tech has been 23-51-9 all-time against Minnesota State since 1996.
• The Huskies are 17-20-6 against the Mavericks in Houghton.
• Tech went 4-0 with MSU last season, with three games being a one-goal game and the other a two-goal game after an empty goal.
• The Huskies have lost to MSU seven times in a row. The most recent win was on December 6, 2020 when Blake Pietila made 43 saves in a 3-1 win at MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

STAT RANKINGS
• Blake Pietila leads the nation with four shutouts. He ranks 11th in save rate (.929) and 12th in goals versus average (1.9).
• Ryland Mosley leads the nation with three shorthanded goals and is second with three game-winning goals.
• The Huskies are sixth in the nation in goal defense (2.00) to lead the CCHA.
• Tech ranks seventh nationally in penalty shootout percentage (0.863).

CCHA PLAYER OF THE MONTH
• Blake Pietila was named October’s CCHA goaltender of the month.
• He received the monthly award for the fourth time in his career and was also named second HCA international goalkeeper of the month.
• Pietila led CCHA goaltenders in October in terms of saves (0.944), goals against average (1.51) and wins (4).

CCHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• November 21 – Kyle Kukkonen – CCHA Rookie of the Week
• November 21 – Brett Thorne – CCHA Defenseman of the Week
• October 17 – Blake Pietila – CCHA Goaltender of the Week
• October 31 – Blake Pietila – CCHA Goaltender of the Week

HIGHLIGHT REEL GOAL
• Kash Rasmussen’s goal in the third period against St. Lawrence on October 28 ranked No. 8 on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Night.
• The manpower game was Rasmussen’s first collegiate goal after slamming it into back netting from the air.

PRESEASON ALL-CCHA
• Senior goaltender Blake Pietila was named to the preseason All-CCHA team.
• He was a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award and was named to the All-CCHA Second Team as a junior.
• Last season, Pietila ranked second in the CCHA for goals-against-average (1.99), wins (16), shutouts (5), saves (614) and finished fourth with a save of .911 in CCHA- games of the last season.

NHL draft picks
• Kyle Kukkonen – Selected 162nd overall pick in the sixth round by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2021 NHL Draft.
• Ryan O’Connell – Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2017 NHL Draft as the 203rd overall pick in the seventh round.

CAPTAINS
• Senior Logan Pietila along with juniors Arvid Caderoth and Brett Thorne are the captains.
• Junior Ryland Mosley is the assistant captain.

COACH SHAWHAN
• Head coach Joe Shawhan is in his sixth season behind the bench and holds a record of 103-80-18.
• He won his 100th career game on Bowling Green on November 5, 2022 and is third in winnings by a tech hockey coach.
• Shawhan’s 22 wins in his freshman season were the most by a first-year Michigan Tech coach. Jim Nahrgang won 22 games in 1982-83.
• Shawhan was named the Huskies’ 22nd head coach on May 30, 2017, having served as Tech’s assistant coach for the previous three seasons.

CCHA GAME
• Michigan Tech was in the CCHA from 1981-84 and holds an all-time CCHA regular-season record of 60-49-5.
• The Huskies are in the CCHA playoffs with three wins over Ferris State 3-6-2.

CHOICE FOR ALL CONFERENCES
• Blake Pietila – CCHA Second Team (2021-22)
• Arvid Caderoth – All-WCHA Rookie Team (2020-21)
• Tyrone Bronte – All-WCHA Rookie Team (2020-21) with Alabama Huntsville

NON-CONFERENCE
• Tech is playing nine non-conference games this season.
• The Huskies lost at Ferris State on October 7th.
• Tech swept across Alaska on October 13-14.
• The Black and Gold swept St. Lawrence in the only non-conference home series on October 28-29.
• The Great Lakes Invitational will be held on December 27th and 28th. Tech takes on Western Michigan and faces either Michigan State or Ferris State on Day 2.
• Tech travels to Arizona State for the Desert Hockey Classic. The Huskies play the Sun Devils on Day 1 and either UConn or Boston University on Day 2.

TRANSFERS
• Ryan O’Connell played four seasons (2018-22) and 117 collegiate games at Ohio State. He had 25 points with two goals and 23 assists for the Buckeyes and was a member of the 2019 regular-season Big Ten championship and NCAA tournament roster.
• Jack Works started his collegiate career playing 15 games in the last two seasons with Denver. He scored an assist in his NCAA debut with the Pioneers and was a member of the 2022 NCAA National Championship team. Works was named an AHCA All-America Scholar (2020-21) and was a member of the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team (2021-22 ) on.
• David Jankowski played four seasons (2018-22) and 110 games for St. Lawrence. He had 53 college points with 20 goals and 33 assists and was the team captain in 2021-22. The Saints won the 2021 ECAC Tournament Championship. Jankowski was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.

IN PRE-SEASON CCHA SURVEY
• Tech finished fifth in the pre-season CCHA Coaches Poll.
• Minnesota State, Northern Michigan, Bowling Green and Bemidji State were selected ahead of the Huskies.
• Lake Superior State, Ferris State and St. Thomas rounded out the survey.

RETURNING
• Tech brings back 18 players from last season with 13 forwards, four defenders and one goalkeeper.
• Fourteen Huskies returnees had a notable streak last season, with Logan Pietila (23), Brett Thorne (17), Tristan Ashbrook (16), Arvid Caderoth (16) and Ryland Mosley (13) being the top returning scorers.

newcomers
• Tech has 10 Freshmen on the list, which ranks eighth nationally for the largest class of Freshmen.
• Forwards: Kyle and Trevor Kukkonen, Kash Rasmussen
• Defenders: Oliver Bezick, Frank Dovorany, Topi Heiskanen, Evan Orr, Kasper Vaharautio
• Goalkeepers: Michael Morelli, Max Vayrynen

PIETILA TIMES FOUR
• Logan and Blake Pietila are twin brothers. Logan is a forward and Blake is a goalkeeper.
• Cousin and neighbor Jed Pietila is a defender.
• Other Pietilas who played for the Huskies were Phil Pietila (2002-05), Aaron Pietila (2009-13), Chad Pietila (2011-13) and Blake Pietila (2011-15).
• Jimmy Pietila is currently a student assistant with the Huskies.

JOE SHAWHAN HOUR
• The Joe Shawhan Hour can be heard every Monday morning at 10am on Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ.
• Host Dirk Hembroff and coach Shawhan talk about the past weekend and the clash ahead.
• Fans can hear the Joe Shawhan Hour live on radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at TheMix93.com or Pasty.com, or using their favorite radio streaming app. The show will also be released for on-demand listeners at MichiganTechHuskies.com.

2021-22 REVIEW
• Tech finished 21-13-3 overall and was the No. 2 CCHA Mason Cup Playoff 16-8-2.
• Tech received votes in every poll throughout the season, finishing 14th.
• Tech earned a free entry into the NCAA tournament, making his 14th NCAA appearance and second under head coach Joe Shawhan.
• Seven Huskies signed post-season professional contracts.
• The Huskies finished third nationally on penalties and fourth on power play and goal defense.

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